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Who is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie, one of the most famous writers in the world, was brutally attacked just as he was about to speak to an audience at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on Friday. Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital, according to New York State Police, where he is undergoing surgery.

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Latest: Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on a lecture stage in New York

Salman Rushdie hospitalized after attack onstage in New York state

Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, is in custody, according to New York State Trooper James O’Callaghan.

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Rushdie, 75, has contended with death threats since 1988 when he published his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses.”

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