Prophet Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks dies in road accident: Reports
Stockholm, October 4: Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who is known for his sketch of the Prophet Muhammad that had earlier triggered controversy, has died in a traffic accident, media reports said.
Lars Vilks was reportedly travelling in a civilian police vehicle which collided with a truck near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden, reports BBC.
The cartoonist lived under police protection after he received death threats due to his cartoons.
The cartoon, published in 2007, offended many Muslims who regard visual representation of the Prophet as blasphemous. It came a year after a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet, reports BBC.
Police have not revealed the identity of those killed in Sunday's incident, but Vilks's partner confirmed his death to Dagens Nyheter newspaper, the British news outlet reported.
According to police, it remains unclear how the accident occurred and an investigation has been launched.