Danish newspaper Berlingske reported Westergaard’s loss of life on Sunday, citing info from his household. The cartoonist died following an extended sickness, in response to the report.
Westergaard’s caricature of Mohammed was first printed by Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. Several newspapers reprinted the pictures in early 2006 as half of a debate over free speech, sparking an uproar amongst Muslims and a boycott of Danish items and the closure of a number of Danish embassies in predominantly Muslim nations.
At the time, Westergaard stated he needed his cartoon to say that some individuals exploited the prophet to legitimize terrorism. However, some Muslims consider the (*86*) forbids exhibiting a picture of the prophet, and plenty of within the Muslim world interpreted the drawing as depicting their prophet as a terrorist.
“I want to be remembered as the one who struck a blow for freedom of speech,” Westergaard stated in a quote printed by Berlingske. “But there is no doubt that there is someone who will instead remember me as the Satan who insulted the religion of a billion people.”
Westergaard lived beneath police safety within the final years of his life and Danish authorities arrested a quantity of individuals linked to alleged plots towards his life.
Westergaard and his spouse, Gitte, had 5 kids, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, in response to the Berlingske report.