Login Form

James Brady, Reagan White House Press Secretary Wounded in Assassination Attempt, Dies

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

James "The Bear" Brady, the former White House Press Secretary permanently wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on former President Ronald Reagan has died at his home in Virginia, his family announced. He was 73.

 

Brady was accompanying former President Reagan to a local Washington function in 1981, when a single gunman fired six shots at the president. Three men, Brady, Thomas Delahanty, a former District of Columbia Police Officer, and Timothy McCarthy, a Secret Service agent who shielded the president with his body, were gravely wounded. Brady and Delahanty were pronounced dead in the March 31, 1981 attack.

Neither died at the scene, and all networks except CNN were accused of sensationalism.

Brady remained permanently disabled and became a staunch advocate of gun control. The current White House Press room was bestowed with his name in honor of his diligent service to the President

Confined to a wheelchair for the following 33 years after the attack, Brady and his wife, Sarah, founded the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which became the Brady Handgun Violence Prevent Act known as the Brady Bill and 13 years after the attack was passed into law.

Former President Reagan was also injured in the March 30, 1981 attack and was reported near death upon arrival at the hospital. He was soon stabilized and remained hospitalized for the next ten days. He became the only president to survive an assassination attempt.

Brady is survived by his wife Sarah and children Scott and Melissa. Funeral arrangements have not been made public.

The following images, courtesy of Wikipedia, are of the scene at the assassination attempt.

 

Haute Tease

  • 4 Cool Summer Tools That Make Entertaining a Breeze

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With summer just around the corner, temperatures are heating up and it’s time to think about some ways to get the most out of the season, including cool tools that make summer barbecues, soirees, and family time sizzle.

     
  • Academy Invites 322 to Membership

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures 

  • Paladin Acquires "Shot" For Fall Release; Noah Wyle Returns to the E.R. as Victim in Gun Violence Drama

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Paladin has acquired domestic theatrical rights to SHOT, a gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street. Directed and produced by veteran filmmaker Jeremy Paul Kagan SHOT is being targeted for a Fall release.  

  • AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute announced the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema's Legacy programs at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. AFI FEST will take place November 5–12, 2015.  

  • Celebrity Interviews: OSCARS Spread the Wealth - Gravity Wins Seven; Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years A Slave Each Take Home Three

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 86th Academy awards, hosted by the incomparable Ellen DeGeneres, provided an evening of surprises, upsets, nostalgia and suspense as the envelope bearing the names of those who for this moment captured the hearts of their peers were opened.

     
  • Business News: STAR WARS Hits Fevered Frenzy in U.S.; Fails to Register Globally (Graphics)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The expectation of the next chapter in the STAR WARS chronicles has hit a frenzied pitch in the United States as fans are showing their support for the famed franchise in every way except the most common: A like on the Facebook page.  

  • Celeb Photos: Premieres and Parties at the Annual Austin Film & Music Festival

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hollywood event company A-List Communications wrapped its annual premiere program of film events at its popular Arts & Cinema Centre with sponsors Maestro Dobel Tequila and Blue Moon Brewing at Basecamp and Summit venues located at 120 West 5th Street in Austin, TX.