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A Danish Caricaturist Who Was Threatened Several Times, Died Being 86 Years Old

19.07.2021
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Kurt Westergaard, an artist from Denmark and author of the Muhammad picture, died. He was 86 years old. This sad news was reported by his family on Sunday. The man died during his sleep after being ill for a long time, his relatives shared. Westergaard was famous for drawing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, which caused controversies in the Muslim world.

The illustrator created one of 12 drawings that got the name The Face of Muhammad. As Islamic traditions forbid the creation or display of an image of a prophet, this caused anger and violence, when in 2006 dozens of Danish people were attacked and killed. In 2015, 12 people died in France, and in just three days, 17 other people were killed. All three attackers were later shot dead by the police.

Westergaard faced many threats that forced him to hide. In 2010, police captured a 28-year-old man from Somalia with a knife and an ax planning to kill the artist. In the last years of his life, the old man was living under police gardening at a secret house.

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