MADRID — John McAfee, the creator of antivirus software McAfee, was found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide on Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face to tax charges punishable by decades in prison, according to authorities mentioned.
The eccentric cryptocurrency promoter and fiscal opponent whose history of legal issues spans from Tennessee to Central America to the Caribbean was discovered at Brians 2 Penitentiary in northeastern Spain. Security personnel attempted to resuscitate him, but the prison medical team ultimately certified his death, according to a statement from the Catalan regional government.
“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” the statement said, adding that “everything indicates death by suicide.”
The statement did not identify McAfee by name, but said the deceased was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government official with knowledge of the case confirmed to The Associated Press that it was McAfee.
Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled in favor of the extradition of McAfee, 75, who argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him by Tennessee prosecutors were motivated by considerations policies.
The court’s decision was made public on Wednesday and was subject to appeal, with any final extradition order also having to be approved by the Spanish cabinet.
The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona International Airport. A judge then ordered that McAfee be held in prison pending the outcome of the extradition proceedings.
McAfee was charged the same month in Tennessee with tax evasion after failing to report cryptocurrency promotion income while working as a consultant, speaking and selling the rights to his life story. for a documentary. Criminal charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
In July 2019, he was released from detention in the Dominican Republic after he and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying large caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style equipment, said at the time. officials from the Caribbean island.
McAfee told Wired Magazine in 2012 that his father, a heavy drinker and “a very unhappy man,” committed suicide when McAfee was 15. “Every day I wake up with him,” he told Wired.
In an interview with British newspaper The Independent, McAfee said his experience of being in a Spanish prison was a “fascinating adventure” and that he planned to never return to the United States. Presidential debates of the Libertarian Party in 2016.