Northern Light

Danish cartoonist dies

Erik Abild Soerensen, one of the 12 cartoonists that back in 2005 contributed to Jyllands-Postens cartoons of the prophet Muhammed has died at the age of 89.

Mr. Soerensen worked for Jyllands-Posten from 1938 until 1985. He was educated at an private art school and became a staff cartoonist at Jyllands-Posten in 1956. The Muhammed cartoon was the last published work in a career that spanned half a century. It was published under the caption: “Prophet! Daft and dumb. Keeping women under thumb.”

As a consequence of the death threats against the cartoonists Danish police showed up at Mr. Soerensen’s apartment in Aarhus offering security instructions. Soerensen replied:

”I have passed the age of 85, I am sick and I have just lost my wife. Can it get worse? I don’t think so.”