Former Sen. Jesse Helms, a Capitol Hill icon who devoted 30 years in the Senate to championing conservative causes, died Friday morning. He was 86.Whether they agreed with him or not, his colleagues said he was always a gentleman.
The Jesse Helms Center posted a brief statement on its Web site saying Helms died at 1:15 a.m. in Raleigh, N.C., on the Fourth of July.
"He was very comfortable," said former chief of staff Jimmy Broughton, who added that Helms died of natural causes.
The five-term Republican senator from North Carolina formerly chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and used his clout to rail against Communism, liberalism and big government.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms Dies At 86