Oct 04, 2021
By Andy Johnson
The Swedish artist, who sketched the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body and caused world-wide controversy, has died in a traffic accident.
Lars Vilks was reportedly travelling in a civilian police vehicle which collided with a truck in southern Sweden.
Vilks had been under police protection since 2007 after his cartoon caused outrage and lead former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to meet ambassadors from 22 Muslim countries in an attempt to defuse the situation.
Shortly afterwards, al-Qaeda offered a $100,000 reward for his murder.
In 2015, Vilks was targeted during a debate on free speech in Copenhagen in a gun attack that killed a film director.
Lars Viks was 75.