Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard died

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard died. He became world famous with a cartoon by the Prophet Muhammad with a turban containing a bomb. He made that cartoon in 2005, and because of heavy radical Islamic threats, it had to be secured since then.

Westergaard worked for Jyllands-Posten between 1983 and 2010. The Mohammed cartoon was published after the paper ordered twelve artists to create a cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad.

Later Westergaard said he never depicted the prophet. According to Westergaard, his cartoons main message was that religion is sometimes used as an inspiration for terrorism. He also said in an interview with Danish public broadcaster that โ€œcertain elements in the Muslim world wanted it to be Muhammadโ€.


the time, the cartoon led to a wave of anger among Muslims worldwide. He was regularly threatened with death. Westergaard was on the death list of terror group al-Qaida and was continuously guarded.

In 2015, a writer club withdrew from a meeting in Amsterdam on freedom of speech because the Dane was the main guest there.

Danish intelligence revealed in 2008 that three men had made murder plans. Westergaard was attacked in his house in 2010. A Somali intruded his house with an ax. He managed to lock himself in the secured bathroom and survived the attack. The perpetrator got ten years in jail.

Westergaard had been ill for some time, various media reports. He was 86 years old and leaves a wife and five children behind. โ€œAfter a long sick bed, he fell asleep quietly,โ€ writes the newspaper he worked for years.