Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator, cannot speak, and will likely lose an eye, after being stabbed up to 15 times on Friday by a suspect police identified as a man from New Jersey ‘with sympathies toward Iranian government.’
Rushdie’s condition was updated by his agent Andrew Wylie shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, hours after the novelist was repeatedly stabbed by Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey.
‘The news is not good,’ Wylie said. ‘Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.’
Rushdie, 75, who has been the subject of death threats from the Iranian regime since the late 1980s, was attacked by the suspect who rushed the stage as the author was being introduced to the stage for the CHQ 2022 event in Chautauqua, near Buffalo, on Friday morning.
Law enforcement sources told The New York Post that an initial investigation suggests Matar is sympathetic to the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.