Cartoonist known for controversial Muhammad drawings perish due to accident

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, best known for his controversial drawings of Prophet Muhammad as a dog, passed away on Sunday due to a traffic accident. Swedish media reports that also killed two officers who guarded him.

The accident happened near Markaryd, a place in southern Sweden. Because of an unknown reason, the Vilks car ended up on the wrong side of the road and crashed into a truck. Both vehicles caught fire.

All occupants of the car were killed, the truck driver was badly injured. Police are still presuming an accident, a police spokesman tells Kvรคllsposten newspaper.


Vilks became known after drawing drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007 depicting it as a man with the body of a dog. They aroused anger from radical Muslims, and a $100,000 reward was granted for the cartoonists murder.


was attacked in 2015, when he was in a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vilks remained unharmed, but a Danish filmmaker was killed. The perpetrator was eventually killed in a gunfight with the police.