The illustrator was behind drawings of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked anger across the Muslim world.
Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, infamous for drawing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad which sparked outrage around the Muslim world, has died at the age of 86.
Westergaard passed away in his sleep after a long period of ill health, his family told Danish newspaper Berlingske on Sunday.
The illustrator was behind 12 drawings published by conservative daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten under the headline “The Face of Muhammad”, one of which sparked particular anger as it showed the Prophet wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb.
The Prophet Muhammad is revered by Muslims and any kind of visual depiction is forbidden in Islam.
The cartoons went almost unnoticed initially, but after two weeks, a demonstration against them was held in Copenhagen and then ambassadors from Muslim countries in Denmark lodged a protest.
The anger then escalated into anti-Danish protests across the Muslim world in February 2006. Some of the demonstrations became violent. Danish and Norwegian embassies were attacked and dozens of people died.