Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death on stage, according to a video posted to Twitter. Salman Rushdie, a writer, was stabbed in front of a large audience while on stage at a meeting in New York.
Shocked witnesses described the incident as a “really horrible event” when the author of The Satanic Verses was apparently brutally stabbed before the large gathering was evacuated.
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa on Mr. Rushdie in 1988 following the publication of his divisive book, ordering the author’s execution. The attacker was quickly knocked down. Others who followed Rushdie on social media noted that he appeared to have been stabbed and was bleeding.
Salman Rushdie stabbed on stage Video
Salman Rushdie apparently faced criticism before his appearance Friday at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The well-known novelist was attacked while performing and received immediate medical attention, according to the Associated Press.
Images taken at the scene and posted on Twitter by another user appear to show Rushdie getting into an ambulance and a man who appears to be in police custody.
Rushdie fell to the ground or had to be transported to a hospital, according to AP. The Chautauqua Institution did not respond when contacted by Insider. He was also unable to immediately reach local officials for comment.
Rabbi Charles Savenor, executive director of Civic Spirit, witnessed the incident. He spoke out when Rushdie was attacked while sitting in a chair after being greeted on stage to applause. In a video posted by another Twitter user, Rushdie is shown being placed in a Medevac helicopter.
Rushdie received death threats as a result of his controversial previous book “The Satanic Verses”. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the president of Iran, called for Rushdie’s assassination in a fatwa he issued in 1989.
Salman Rushdie endured years of threats against his life.
The Indian novelist Salman Rushdie is especially interested in the interactions, disturbances, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations. His works combine magical realism and historical fiction. His works usually take place in India, so he constantly receives death threats.
His second book, Midnight’s Children, which was published in 1981 and was awarded the Booker Prize. It was referred to as “the best novel of all the winners” on the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the award.
When The Satanic Verses was published in 1988, Muslims were outraged. He received death threats, including one from a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his assassination in 1989.
In 1983, Rushdie was selected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The French government awarded him the title of Commandeur of l’Ordre des Arts and Lettres in 1999.  In recognition of his contributions to literature, he was knighted in 2007. In The Times’ 2008 list of the 50 greatest British novelists since 1945, he was ranked 12th.
More about Salman Rushdie’s family
Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born into a Kashmiri Indian Muslim family in Bombay on June 19, 1947, during the British Raj. He is the son of lawyer and businessman Anis Ahmed Rushdie, Cambridge graduate and educator Negin Bhatt.
Rushdie has been married four times. He was married to Clarissa Luard from 1976 to 1987. They had a son together named Zafar (born 1979).  He left her for Australian author Robyn Davidson, whom he had been introduced to by their mutual friend Bruce Chatwin in the mid-1980s.
His second wife was Marianne Wiggins, an American author; they married in 1988 and divorced in 1993. Elizabeth West, his third wife, to whom he was married from 1997 to 2004, gave birth to Milan. In 2004, he married Indian-American actress, model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. On July 2, 2007, the union was dissolved.
Anis Ahmed Rushdie was expelled from the Indian Civil Service after it was discovered that the birth certificate he had submitted had been manipulated to make him appear younger than he really was (ICS). Rushdie has three sisters. He said in his 2012 book that his father took the name Rushdie in honor of Averroes.