His claim to fame: Making fun of Islam. Now he is dead.
Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, famed for drawing a caricature the Prophet Mohammed which sparked outrage around the Muslim world, has died at the age 86, his family told Danish media on Sunday.
Westergaard passed away in his sleep after a long period of ill health, his family told newspaper Berlingske.
The illustrator was behind 12 drawings published by conservative daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten under the headline “The Face of Mohammed”, one of which sparked particular anger.
The cartoons went almost unnoticed initially, but after two weeks, a demonstration against them was held in Copenhagen, and then ambassadors from Muslim countries in Denmark lodged a protest.
The anger then escalated into anti-Danish violence across the Muslim world in February 2006.
Westergaard was raised as a conservative Christian but his life was dedicated to promoting free speech, i.e., the same ideology that is used to justify continuous mockery and blasphemy against Christianity. Like most European Christians, Westergaard’s true god was Liberal Secularism.
His god won’t be helping him where he is now.