Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist behind the Muhammad Muhammad cartoons, dies at the age of 86. Denmark
Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, known for drawing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace), has died at the age of 86, his family reported to Danish media on Sunday.
His family told the Berlingske newspaper that Westergaard died in his sleep after a long period of ill health.
The painter was behind 12 drawings published by the conservative daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005 under the headline “The Face of Muhammad,” one of which sparked private outrage. Islamic tradition says that no image of the Prophet should be produced or shown.
Anger escalated into anti-Denmark violence across the Muslim world in 2006 in which dozens were killed, with an attack on Danish embassies, including those in Damascus, torched.
Animation-related violence peaked in A 2015 massacre In France that left 12 dead in the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which republished the cartoons in 2012.
what a total Killed 17 people in three days In a series of attacks that terrified France. The three attackers were killed in a shootout with the police, only their accomplices remained in court.
Death threats against Westergaard personally eventually forced him into hiding. In 2008, the three major Danish newspapers republished the cartoon after three men were arrested for plotting to kill the artist. One was released without charge, another deported, and a third sent to an asylum center.
In early 2010, Danish police arrested a 28-year-old Somali armed with a knife and an ax in Westergaard’s house, where he was planning to kill him.
Westergaard had been working in Jyllands-Posten since the mid-1980s as a painter, and according to Berlingsky, the drawing in question had been printed once before but without much controversy.
During the last years of his life, Westergaard, like a number of other people associated with the cartoon, had to live under police protection at a secret address.