R.I.P. Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who draw a cartoon of the founder of Islam and spent fourteen years under police protection as a result.
He has been killed in a car crash, along with two of the policemen protecting him.
The BBC's report goes heavy with respectful language...about Muhammad. This is how it begins:
Lars Vilks was under police protection because of his 2007 image of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sketched the Prophet Muhammad's head on a dog's body, has died in a traffic accident.
Vilks was reported to be travelling in a civilian police vehicle which collided with a truck near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden.
Investigators said the collision, which also killed two police bodyguards, showed no signs of foul play.
The 75-year-old artist had been living under police protection after receiving death threats over the cartoon.
Why does depicting the Prophet Muhammad cause offence?
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.