At the age of 75, cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who became a figure of hate across the Muslim world because he satirised the Prophet Mohammed, has decided to retire from his position at Jyllands-Posten.

Westergaard, whose drawing of the Prophet was published in Jyllands-Posten with a number of other satirical cartoons relating to Islam in 2005, has received hundreds of death threats for his drawing.

There were several attempts on his life the latest of which took place on New Year's Day when a man broke into his house and attacked him with an axe. Westergaard survived the murder attempt because he was able to hide in his bathroom which had been specially constructed to withstand such attacks.

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