Kurt Westergaard, cartoonist whose depiction of Mohammed sparked outrage, lifeless at 86
Danish newspaper Berlingske reported Westergaard’s loss of life on Sunday, citing info from his household. The cartoonist died following an extended sickness, in response to the report.
Westergaard’s caricature of Mohammed was first revealed by Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. A number of newspapers reprinted the pictures in early 2006 as a part of a debate over free speech, sparking an uproar amongst Muslims and a boycott of Danish items and the closure of a number of Danish embassies in predominantly Muslim nations.
On the time, Westergaard mentioned he needed his cartoon to say that some individuals exploited the prophet to legitimize terrorism. Nonetheless, some Muslims imagine the Quran forbids displaying a picture of the prophet, and plenty of within the Muslim world interpreted the drawing as depicting their prophet as a terrorist.
“I need to be remembered because the one who struck a blow for freedom of speech,” Westergaard mentioned in a quote revealed by Berlingske. “However there isn’t a doubt that there’s somebody who will as an alternative keep in mind me because the Devil who insulted the faith of a billion individuals.”
Westergaard lived beneath police safety within the final years of his life and Danish authorities arrested numerous individuals linked to alleged plots in opposition to his life.
Westergaard and his spouse, Gitte, had 5 kids, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, in response to the Berlingske report.