Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who blended overall debate in 2007 with drawings portraying the Prophet Mohammad with the body of a canine, was killed in an auto collision close to the southern town of Markaryd on Sunday, police said.
Vilks, 75, who had been living under police assurance since the drawings were distributed, was going in a police vehicle which slammed into a truck. Two cops were additionally killed.
“This is a very tragic incident. It is now important to all of us that we do everything we can to investigate what happened and what caused the collision,” Swedish police said in a statement on Monday.
“Initially, there is nothing that points to anyone else being involved.”
Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.
The drawing of Muhammand with a canine’s body prompted various plots against him, and Al-Qaida put an abundance on his head.
In 2010, two men attempted to torch his home in southern Sweden.