Swedish cartoonist who survived two assassination attempts after drawing prophet Mohammed dies in car accident involving two police officers tasked with protecting him
- Lars Vilks, 75, killed in crash in Markaryd, Sweden, just before 3pm on Sunday
- He received numerous threats to his life after drawing a prophet with the body of a dog
- A lone gunman attacked him in a cafe in 2015, but he managed to escape bullets
A Swedish cartoonist who survived two assassination attempts after drawing the prophet Mohammed has been killed in a car accident.
Lars Vilks, 75, traveled with two police officers who also died, according to Swedish news channel Expressen.
The crash is being investigated by the special public prosecutor’s office.
The horror crash occurred just before 3 p.m. on Sunday in Markaryd, Sweden’s Kronoberg province.
According to reports, the vehicle they were driving collided with a truck after going on the wrong side of the road.
Both vehicles caught fire and the truck driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
It comes after Vilks received numerous threats in 2007 for drawing the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog.
In 2015, lone gunman Omar El-Hussein fired shots in front of the Krudttonden cafe, where Mr Vilks was taking part in a debate on freedom of expression.
Lars Vilk, 75, traveled with two police officers who also died, according to Swedish news channel Expressen
Meanwhile, Colleen LaRose, 51, of Pennsberg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder Mr. Vilks in 2011 and was convicted in 2014.
National Police Chief Anders Thornberg said: “It is with dismay and great sadness that I have received the news that our two colleagues and our security officer passed away this afternoon.
“My thoughts go out to relatives, families, friends and colleagues.
“I’m also in contact with the police in the region to make sure they get the support they need.”
The relatives of Mr Vilks and the two officers have been informed.