In the 1980s, the 75-year-old established the McAfee antivirus software firm.
On Wednesday, John McAfee, the eccentric entrepreneur who created the McAfee antivirus software firm in the late 1980s, was discovered dead in a jail cell in Barcelona, Spain.
According to the Associated Press, a Spanish court had recently ruled that the 75-year-old could be extradited to the United States to face charges of tax evasion.
According to a Catalan government statement, jail officials attempted but failed to resuscitate the guy. The statement did not directly mention McAfee, but it did mention a 75-year-old US citizen who is awaiting extradition to America.
Last October, McAfee was apprehended at a Spanish airport. A court ordered that he be detained until the result of the extradition proceedings.
The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association.
I have nothing.
Yet, I regret nothing.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 16, 2021
The publication didn’t cite a cause of death, but Reuters reports that McAfee apparently hanged himself in his prison cell. He had been indicted on tax evasion charges in Tennessee and was reportedly involved in a cryptocurrency fraud case in New York. He was also a person of interest in a murder investigation in Belize years ago.
McAfee has stated on Twitter that the US suspects he has hidden crypto. “I don’t have anything. “Yet, I have no regrets,” McAfee said in his final tweet.
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