The former White House Press Secretary to U.S. President Ronald Reagan has died at the age of 73.

James Brady, who served in office from 1981 to 1989, suffered serious injuries in 1981 after overzealous Jodie Foster fan John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate Reagan in Washington D.C.

Hinckley, Jr. hit the leader in the chest and arm, while also injuring three others, including Brady, who was left partially paralysed by the shooting, confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Brady subsequently became an outspoken campaigner for gun control.

His recovery from the shooting became the basis for Emmy-winning Tv movie Without Warning: The James Brady Story in 1991, with Beau Bridges in the lead role.

Brady died on Monday (04Aug14). His cause of death has yet to be made public.