The creator of McAfee antivirus software, John McAfee has been found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona.
The 75-year-old’s death was first reported by El Mundo newspaper and later Reuters. Mcafee’s death was confirmed by the prison medical team and a government official who told The Associated Press today. The Catalan justice ministry said McAfee’s cause of death was likely suicide, according to reports.
Hours before his untimely demise, the Spanish court ruled in McAfee’s favor that would have led to his transfer to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges. McAfee has been facing charges of tax evasion and security fraud since serving his sentence at Barcelona for around nine months. The fraud charge relates to a fraud case in New York that linked McAfee to a cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme.
John McAfee’s lawyer, Javier Villalba, said his client had been given the opportunity to appeal his conviction but could not bear any more time in jail. Earlier this month, McAfee argued that the charges against him were politically motivated and that if he returned to the United States he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
“It’s the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long,” Villalba said.
The charges against McAfee are not his first major confrontation with law enforcement. John McAfee, his family and his security forces were all arrested by Belize police in 2012. They charged them with drug trafficking and firearms. He later fled after Belize police investigated the murder. of his neighbor and wanted to bring him in for questioning.
McAfee’s entire crime saga with Belize police was actually the focus of the 2016 Showtime documentary, Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee. McAfee called the whole case “frivolous” because he is refusing to pay a $25 million judgment.