Who is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie, one of the most famous writers in the world,

He was brutally attacked when he was going to speak to an audience at the Chautauqua Institution

in western New York on Friday.

According to the New York State Police,

Rushdie was helicoptered to a hospital where he is undergoing surgery.

according to New York State Trooper James O'Callaghan,

Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, has been taken into custody.

Rushdie, 75, has faced death threats since 1988,

when he published his fourth novel, "The Satanic Verses."