Apparently the old racist met Satan on the fourth of July. Guess he couldn't stand to live in an America that might elect a black president. Ah well.
And of course his apologists are already hard at work. Choosing to airbrush and forget Helm's many sins, the partisan rag known as National Review said: "Helms’s real offense was a stubborn and victory-making political incorrectness" Indeed. Being a homophobic, jesus-loving opponent of progress and equality must not be "real" offenses.
Besides he made liberals mad with his oh-so-manly, and principled political incorrectness and that's all that matters.