STOCKHOLM – Swedish artist Lars Wilkes, who sparked worldwide controversy in 2007 with a painting of the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog, was killed in a car crash near the southern city of Mercury on Sunday.
Wilks, who has been living under police protection since the photo was released, was traveling in a police car that collided with a truck. Two police officers were also killed.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is important for all of us now that we do our best to find out what happened and what caused this conflict, ”Swedish police said in a statement on Monday.
“Initially, there is nothing that indicates someone else is involved.”
Most Muslims find any image of the founder of Islam offensive.
Since the cartoon was published, Wilkes has been living under police guard for twenty-four hours after threatening his life. He had a grace on his head and his house was on fire.
In 2015, a man was assassinated in Copenhagen, Denmark, at a meeting marking the 25th anniversary of the Iranian fatwa against British writer Salman Rushdie, where Wilkes was present.
Vilks are widely seen as targets.
Wilkes said the cartoons were not meant to excite Muslims, but to challenge political correctness in the art world.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times