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U.S. Senator Coons Remembers James Brady

 WASHINGTON DC (WBOC/AP) - U.S. Senator Chris Coons from Delaware remembers James Brady as a man who "turned a tragedy into the foundation for a lifetime of positive public service."

His statement follows news the former White House Press Secretary, who called Sussex County his home for many years, has died at the age of 73. Brady was the first White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and he suffered a severe bullet wound to the head during the assassination attempt that also wounded Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

"With Jim Brady's passing, America has lost one of the most effective voices for a balanced policy on handguns and gun violence," said Coons. "I want to express my condolences to Sarah Brady and all their friends and family, and my gratitude for the many years of advocacy and engagement that Jim Brady made possible."

Senator Coons goes on to say, "I don't think we can be grateful enough for what he did with the rest of his life."

Brady died at a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia. Survivors include his wife; a son, Scott, and a daughter, Melissa.

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