Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist whose caricature of Mohammed sparked a worldwide and bloody backlash from radical Islamists, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 86-years-old.
Westergaard’s family told Danish daily Berlingske on Sunday that he died in his sleep after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Gitte, their five children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mr Westergaard had been living under constant protection as a result of death threats from radical Islamic extremists since the publication of a series of his cartoons in the Danish magazine Jyllands-Posten under the headline The Face of Mohammed in 2005.
The reaction to the cartoons in the Islamic world has been described as one of the biggest foreign policy crises for Denmark since the Second World War, with Danish flags and diplomatic offices attacked during international protests which claimed the lives of as many as 200