McAfee was found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona on Wednesday around 1 p.m. ET and a forensic pathologist is on the scene, a spokeswoman for the Superior Court of Catalonia told CNN. She said the cause of death was under investigation.
A statement from the Ministry of Justice of the regional government of Catalonia, which runs the prisons there, said medical staff and prison guards attempted to perform rescue procedures after finding McAfee, but without success . The press release indicates that “everything indicates” that McAfee could have committed suicide.
His death came after a decision by a three-judge panel of Spain’s National Court in Madrid this week that McAfee could be extradited to the United States for indictment. According to court documents, that decision could still have been appealed to a larger panel of judges from the same tribunal.
McAfee was arrested in Spain in October after being indicted in the United States for tax evasion months earlier. He allegedly failed to file taxes for four years despite earning millions between 2014 and 2018 through the promotion of cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for one. documentary, according to court documents. The amount he owed was not specified in the indictment.
In a virtual Spanish court hearing earlier this month, McAfee argued that the tax evasion charges against him were politically motivated, The Associated Press reported.
McAfee – founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, with which he is no longer affiliated – was also indicted in March on separate charges of fraud and money laundering. The US Department of Justice alleged that he and a business partner participated in a scheme that grossed more than $ 13 million by falsely promoting cryptocurrencies to unwitting investors.
The last two decades of McAfee’s life included a series of somewhat bizarre events.
In 2012, McAfee briefly disappeared after fleeing his home in Belize because local police attempted to question him about his neighbor’s death. (He denied any involvement in the death and claimed he ran away because he feared for his life.)
He spent time in Guatemala, then moved to Montreal, Canada, where he worked on a documentary about his life. He ran for President of the United States in 2016 as a Libertarian and launched a new security product he called “a fucking game changer.”