'You are next'

Auther JK Rowling received death threat over tweet on Salman Rushdie

The Harry Potter author responded with a tweet to Rushdie's stabbing, saying she felt very ill and hoped the novelist would be fine. In response, a user wrote: "Don't worry. You're next."

The Twitter handle, which issued the death threats, also praised New Jersey attacker Hadi Matar, who stabbed Rushdie multiple times during a literary event in western New York on Friday.

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Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may have lost an eye after being stabbed by Hadi Matar, who was clearly sympathetic to Shia extremism and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Matar has since been charged with attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree, and police are probing the motive behind the attack.

Rushdie's book, The Satanic Verses, has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemy.