Novelist Salman Rushdie reportedly stabbed to death before speech in Chautauqua

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During Rushdie's introduction at the Chautauqua Institution

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a guy stormed the stage and started striking or stabbing Rushdie, as reported by an Associated Press writer

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The author either collapsed on the ground and the man was restrained

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Due to widespread Muslim blasphemy claims..

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Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses" has been prohibited in Iran since 1988

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Rushdie was ordered to be killed in a fatwa, or decree

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that was published a year later by Iran's late president Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

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