The Danish newspaper reports on Berlingske’s death. They have received information from the family.
Westerkort fell asleep peacefully after a long illness. He is survived by a wife and five children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is the most controversial of the so-called Muhammad caricatures, which showed the Prophet Muhammad with a grenade in his turban. He presented it to the Gilllands-Boston newspaper in the fall of 2005. Several months later, the cartoons provoked a violent reaction in the Muslim world.
Many Norwegian newspapers also printed Mohammedan cartoons, and the case became one of the biggest foreign policy crises in Danish and Norwegian history. Among other things, the embassies of the two countries in Damascus, Syria, were attacked and burned by an angry mob.
After the fight, Westergard received death threats and had to have police protection. In 2008, three people were arrested for plotting to kill him, and in 2010 a 28-year-old Somali was charged with attempted murder when he entered his home with an ax and knife. The man was later sentenced to ten years in prison.
– I want to be remembered as someone who gave a blow to freedom of expression. But there is no doubt that instead some will remember me as Satan who insulted the religion of a billion people , Said Westergard Berlingske.