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Obama pays tribute to 'legend' James Brady

President Barrack Obama has paid tribute to former ex-US press secretary James Brady who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan.

Mr Brady has died at the age of 73.

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In a statement, the president referred to Mr Brady as a "legend" and sent his condolences to his family.

President Obama has paid tribute to former called former ex-US press secretary James Brady who was shot when an attempt on Ronald Reagan's life was made. Mr Brady has died at the age of 73. Credit: Reuters

Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

– Barrack Obama

Mr Obama said since 1993, the law that bears Mr Brady's name has kept guns out of the hands of "dangerous individuals", adding: "An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa."

Nancy Reagan pays tribute to James Brady's 'courage'

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has called former ex-US press secretary James Brady "the personification of courage and perseverance," NBC reports.

Mr Brady, who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan, has died aged 73.

Nancy Reagan has called ex-US press secretary James Brady the personification of courage and perseverance." Credit: Reuters

In the short time he was able to serve as White House press secretary, Jim brought sharp instincts, integrity and energy to one of the most demanding jobs in Washington. What a shame that he was not able to serve as we had hoped for longer. Jim was the personification of courage and perseverance. He and Sarah never gave up, and never stopped caring about the causes in which they believed.

– Nancy Reagan

Mrs Reagan also recalled the "unspeakable fear" she shared with Brady's wife, Sarah, at the hospital after the assassination attempt, saying "the bond we established then was unlike any other."

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Ex-US press secretary James Brady has died, aged 73

The White House press secretary, who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan, has died aged 73, his family announced.

Former White House Secretary James Brady. Credit: Reuters

James Brady undertook a personal crusade for gun control after he suffered a devastating head wound outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady's name.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honour.

Special relationship strained over Grenada invasion

The close bond between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan was almost broken over the US invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983.

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan during an official White House visit Credit: PA

Official documents released by the National Archives reveal the then-US President only informed Downing Street of the plan the night before troops moved in.

Mrs Thatcher said she was "deeply disturbed" by the military action.

UK auction of vial of Ronald Reagan's blood called off

An auction house in the Channel Islands has cancelled the auction of a vial said to contain a sample of former US President Ronald Reagan's blood, NBC News reports.

The Guernsey-based PFC Auction house said the seller will donate the item to the late president's foundation for display instead of auctioning it off.

Previously, the Reagan family and foundation had condemned the sale, saying it would use "every legal means" to stop it.

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