James Brady, a former presidential press secretary critically wounded in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday. He was 73.
"We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues," his family said in a statement. "His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells."
Brady was born on August 29, 1940, in Centralia, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1962.