Swedish Artist Killed in Mysterious Car Crash after Drawing Prophet Mohammed
The special prosecutor's office is now investigating the crash
A Swedish artist, who survived multiple murder attempts after he drew a cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, has been killed in a mysterious car crash, according to reports.
75-year-old Lars Vilks was killed on Sunday when the police car he was traveling in swerved to the wrong side of the road before crashing into a truck.
The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Both police officers who were looking after Vilks also died, Expressen reported.
The special prosecutor's office is now investigating the crash.
The crash happened around 3 pm in Markaryd, in the province of Kronoberg, Sweden.
Mr. Vilks received multiple threats for drawing the Prophet Muhammad with a dog's body in 2007.
Years later, in 2015, gunman Omar El-Hussein fired shots in front of the Krudttonden cafe where Mr. Vilks was discussing free speech.
In 2011, Colleen LaRose, 51, pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Mr. Vilks before being eventually convicted in 2014.
National Police Chief Anders Thornberg said:
"It is with dismay and great sadness that I received the news that our two colleagues and our security person died this afternoon.
"My thoughts go out to their relatives, families, friends, and co-workers.
"I am also in contact with the police in the region to make sure that they get the support they need."
Head of the special prosecutor's office Anders Jakobsson said:
"With the information, I have now; it indicates that it is an accident."
"But the investigation is at a very early stage."
The car which was carrying Vilks traveling at high speeds before colliding with the truck, reports say.
Police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist said:
"I can not say at the moment if there are any criminal suspicions."
Expressen reported that the police said it would take a lot for a vehicle to be able to pass into the other lane because a wire fence separates it.