Oct. 4 (UPI) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who drew anger and threats of violence for a 2007 cartoon that depicted the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, was killed in a car crash over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
Police said the vehicle crashed into an oncoming truck and both caught fire near the town of Markaryd. The cause is under investigation.
Officials said the driver of the truck was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Investigators said at a briefing Monday that it doesn’t appear that the crash resulted from any criminal activity. They said they’re looking into the possibility that a tire on one of the vehicles blew.
Vilks, 75, drew controversy and anger worldwide for his cartoon, which featured the prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body. The outcry effectively forced him into hiding and he eventually required police protection.
Terrorist group al-Qaida once offered a $100,000 reward for the cartoonist’s assassination.