Salman Rushdie was attacked on a lecture stage in New York

The author went on ventilator just after an hour of attack

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born author who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, has been attacked Friday morning in New York  

The  Author is Unable to Speak, Agent says

Police have named the suspect Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from New Jersey 

Rushdie was transported to a local hospital by helicopter with a stab wound to the neck and chest 

Rushdie is one of the most celebrated and successful British authors of all time,