Celebrities and world leaders react to the attack at an event in New York

Celebrities and world leaders took to social media to express their shock as author Salman Rushdie fought for his life on a ventilator after being stabbed to death on Friday.

The 75-year-old writer was attacked onstage at a literary event in upstate New York, and is likely to lose one of his eyes as a result of the unexpected attack.

Rushdie’s alleged assailant, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, NJ, was arrested at the scene by a state trooper assigned to the lecture.

President Joe Biden led tributes as he delivered a White House statement after learning Rushdie is in critical condition.

“Today the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack on writer Salman Rushdie,” POTUS said in a statement. “This act of violence is appalling.”

“All of us in the Biden-Harris administration are praying for his speedy recovery. We are grateful to the good citizens and first responders for helping Mr Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for their prompt and effective work which is ongoing.”

President Joe Biden conducted tributes after learning that Rushdie is in critical condition.
President Joe Biden conducted tributes after learning that Rushdie is in critical condition.
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Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed Biden’s sentiment went to twitter to express his concern about the attack.

“Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending,” tweeted Johnson, who will officially step down as Prime Minister next month.

“Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is doing well.”

Author Salman Rushdie is fighting for his life on a ventilator after being stabbed to death on Friday.
Author Salman Rushdie is fighting for his life on a ventilator after being stabbed to death on Friday.
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French President Emmanuel Macron also paid his respects on twitterwrites: “For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism.

“He has just fallen victim to a cowardly attack by forces of hate and barbarism. His fight is our fight; it is universal. Now more than ever we stand by his side.”

French President Emmanuel Macron also paid his respects on social media.
French President Emmanuel Macron also paid his respects on social media.
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Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern about the attack.
Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern about the attack.
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Celebrities and other members of the literary world also rushed to social media to voice their concerns while sending congratulations to the author.

“Such shocking news that Salman Rushdie was stabbed,” said celebrity food writer Nigella Lawson tweeted. “This is horrible. am disturbed Please, please let him be okay.”

Horror author Stephen King also expressed his concern. tweet“I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”

“What kind of ass stabs a writer anyway? F-ker,” King added in a follow up tweet.

Horror author Stephen King said he hopes for Rushdie "in order" after the attack.
Horror author Stephen King said he hopes Rushdie is “okay” after the attack.
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Author of the “Harry Potter” franchise, JK Rowling, tweeted, “Terrifying news. I’m feeling very sick right now. Let him be fine.”

DC Comics series The Sandman writer Neil Gaiman said he was “desperate” to see the news about his “boyfriend.”

“He’s a good man and a brilliant one and I hope he’s doing well,” Gaiman said tweeted.

author of "Harry Potter" franchise, JK Rowling said she is "feel very ill" above that "frightening news."
Harry Potter franchise writer JK Rowling said she felt “very sick” at the “terrible news.”
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The author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, also condemned the attack.

“I am deeply appalled by the cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie. I pray for his recovery. He is an essential voice and cannot be silenced,” he said tweeted.

Rushdie’s publisher, Penguin Random House, issued a statement.

Author Rushdie is being cared for after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua on Friday.
Author Rushdie is being cared for after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua on Friday.
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“We are deeply shocked and appalled by the attack on Salman Rushdie while he was speaking at the Chautauqua Institution in New York,” said CEO Markus Dohle said in a statement.

“We condemn this violent public attack and our thoughts are with Salman and his family at this distressing time.”

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