There is no indication that he ever played badly in the car crash that killed Swedish cartoonist Lars Wilkes, who provoked death threats after the portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed in 2007.
Wilkes, along with two police bodyguards, died Sunday in a head-on collision with a truck near the small town of Margarit in southern Sweden.
“We want to completely eliminate an outdoor act that targets the car that Lars Wilkes found himself in,” Stephen Cyndius, head of the Southern Swedish Regional Investigation Division, told a news conference.
“There is nothing to indicate that, but we want to be sure, so we can reject it,” he added.
Police said they have not yet determined the cause of the vehicle that drove Wilkes and two officers off the road. Tire burst is one of the hypotheses.
Two vehicles caught fire and all three passengers died on the spot. The driver of the truck was injured and taken to hospital, where he was questioned by investigators.
Wilkes, 75, lived under almost constant police protection from numerous threats and attacks from Islamists, and in 2007 a caricature of Mohammed as a dog was published in a Swedish newspaper.
But police said on Monday there were no new concrete threats against him.
On February 14, 2015, a young Danish man of Palestinian descent organized a discussion on freedom of expression in Copenhagen after the deadly attack on the Paris satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Wilkes escaped unharmed, but both the 55-year-old Danish film director and a guard at a Copenhagen synagogue were shot and killed in a clash with Danish police.
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