Sarah Brady, the wife of a former White House spokesman and a tireless anti-gun violence activist, died Friday at the age of 73, according to her organization.
Sarah and her husband James crusaded against gun violence after he was shot during an assassination attempt on former US president Ronald Reagan in 1981.
The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named in their honor, said they were “heartbroken” at the news of her death on Thursday, calling Sarah Brady a “guiding light.”
“Together with her husband Jim ‘Bear’ Brady, Sarah was the heart and soul of this organization and the successful movement it has become today,” the group’s president Dan Gross said in a statement.
“Our nation has lost a great hero, and I have lost a dear friend. I am certain that she would want nothing more than to know we are carrying on her and Jim’s legacy with the same fiery compassion and dedication that made her so remarkable.”
The group said the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, named after the couple and passed in 1993, has blocked an estimated two million prohibited gun purchases in the United States.
Sarah was the chairperson of the organization’s corporation up until her death.
James Brady died in August 2014 from complications relating to the 1981 shooting, and a coroner ruled the death a homicide.
Brady had been gravely wounded and was left wheelchair-bound and with brain damage. The failed assassination also wounded three others, including Reagan.
Sarah Brady is survived by her and Jim’s son and her stepdaughter.