James Brady, the former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73. Brady was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on the president in 1981, leaving him partially paralyzed. (Reuters)

James Brady, the former Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died today at the age of 73. As fond memories of Brady stream out, journalist Del Quentin Wilber tweeted some fascinating details of Brady's near-death during the 1981 assassination attempt against President Reagan and his remarkable recovery. (Del, a former colleague at WaPo, wrote a tremendous book called "Rawhide Down" detailing the day of the assassination.)

We posted a series of Del's tweets. They tell an amazing story.