Danish cartoonist whose drawing sparked Charlie Hebdo massacre dead at 86

Danish cartoonist whose drawing sparked Charlie Hebdo massacre dead at 86


Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose caricature of the Prophet Muhammad outraged Muslims worldwide — culminating in the deadly attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo — has died at age 86.

Westergaard’s family told the Berlingske newspaper that he died in his sleep after a long illness. Danish media reported that he died Wednesday, a day after his birthday.

From the early 1980s, Westergaard worked as a cartoonist for leading Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, and was associated with the paper until he turned 75.

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He gained global notoriety in 2005 for his controversial depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in Jyllands-Posten, which published 12 editorial cartoons of the principal figure of Islam under the headline, “The Face of Mohammed.”

Westergaard was behind the most controversial of the cartoons published by the paper, showing the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb, according to the BBC. The cartoon intended to make a point about self-censorship and criticism of Islam.

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