October 4 (WNN) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who threatened anger and violence for a 2007 cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, was killed in a car accident over the weekend, officials said on Monday.
Wilkes died on Sunday when the vehicle he was traveling in crashed in southern Sweden. Officials said two police bodyguards also died.
Police said the vehicle crashed into an oncoming truck and both caught fire near Markrid town. The reason is being investigated.
Officials said the driver of the truck was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.
Investigators said at a briefing on Monday that the accident did not appear to have been caused by any criminal activity. They said they are looking into the possibility that a tire of a vehicle may have burst.
Wilkes, 75, attracted worldwide controversy and anger for his cartoons, which depicted the prophet Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog. The outcry effectively forced her to hide and eventually she needed police protection.
Wilkes was targeted by several violent acts in the years that followed. In 2015, a man was killed by gunfire in an assassination attempt aimed at Wilkes at an arts event in Denmark.
The terrorist group al-Qaeda once offered a $100,000 reward for the cartoonist’s murder.