STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had lived underneath police safety since his 2007 sketch of the Prophet Muhammad with a canine’s physique introduced dying threats, died from a site visitors accident Sunday, Swedish information media reported.
The accident reportedly concerned a truck colliding with a civilian police automotive wherein Lars Vilks and his police safety had been touring, information media stated.
The Swedish information company TT stated police had confirmed that Vilks, 75, was touring within the automotive with two cops, and the newspaper Dagens Nyheter stated the artist’s accomplice confirmed his dying.
The reason for the accident was underneath investigation.
Vilks was largely unknown outdoors Sweden earlier than his Muhammad drawing. At dwelling, he was greatest identified for constructing a sculpture made from driftwood in a nature reserve in southern Sweden with out permission, triggering a prolonged authorized battle. He was fined, however the seaside sculpture — a jumble of wooden nailed collectively in chaotic style — attracts tens of hundreds of tourists a yr.
Vilks’ life modified radically 13 years in the past after he drew a sketch of Muhammad with a canine’s physique. Canines are thought-about unclean by conservative Muslims, and Islamic legislation typically opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for concern it may result in idolatry.
Al-Qaida put a bounty on Vilks’ head. In 2010, two males tried to burn down his home in southern Sweden. Final yr, a girl from Pennsylvania pleaded responsible in a plot to attempt to kill him.