John McAfee dead at 75: Eccentric antivirus software pioneer ‘kills himself in his jail cell after Spanish court approved his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges

John McAfee dead at 75
  • McAfee was found dead in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday, officials said
  • Investigators say that all the initial signs point to his death being a suicide
  • It came just hours after a Spanish court approved McAfee’s extradition to the US
  • He faced tax-related charges that could have landed him in prison for 30 years
  • McAfee had been traveling world with wife Janice fleeing alleged ‘persecution’
  • He made millions from the sale of his McAfee antivirus software company
  • But his personality allegedly changed around 2010 during sojourn in Belize
  • Allegations emerged that he killed his neighbor, which he always denied
  • McAfee unsuccessfully sought the Libertarian nomination for president in 2020 

John McAfee, the pioneer creator of popular computer antivirus software, has died behind bars in a Spanish prison. He was 75. 

McAfee was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in his cell in Brians 2 Prison in Barcelona, with officials saying that the early investigation points to a suicide, the Catalan justice department said.

It came just hours after a Spanish court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

John McAfee dead at 75: Eccentric antivirus software pioneer 'kills himself in his jail cell after Spanish court approved his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges

McAfee still had opportunities to appeal his conviction but could not stand more time in jail, his lawyer Javier Villalba told Reuters. ‘This is the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long,’ Villalba said. 

Villalba said that McAfee had committed suicide by hanging himself. 

McAfee had been held in Spanish prison since his arrest in October, when the U.S. Justice Department announced charges that McAfee and his supporters insisted were politically motivated.  

His death follows a wild, controversial life filled with legal issues and foreign adventures, including allegations that McAfee murdered his American neighbour in Belize, a claim that was never proven in criminal court. First Ghana News officially wish McAfee RIP.

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