Antivirus software maker John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

FILE – In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 file photo, the founder of the first commercial anti-virus program named after him, John McAfee, listens at the 4th China Internet Security Conference (ISC) in Beijing. The Spanish National Court has approved the extradition of detained antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges and carries a prison sentence of up to at 30 years old. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan, file)

MADRID (AP) – John McAfee, the creator of antivirus software McAfee, was found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona, ​​a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Hours earlier, a Spanish court had issued a preliminary ruling in favor of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.

Security staff at Brians 2 Penitentiary, near the northeastern Spanish town, attempted to resuscitate McAfee, who was 75, but the prison medical team ultimately certified his death, according to one. press release from the Catalan regional government.

The statement did not identify the US tycoon by name, but said he was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to the country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not allowed to be named in the media confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.

THIS IS A CURRENT UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

MADRID (AP) – The Spanish National Court has approved the extradition of detained anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges and liable to a sentence of prison of up to 30 years.

The decision can be appealed and the final extradition will have to be approved by the Spanish Cabinet.

Tennessee prosecutors indicted McAfee, 75, with tax evasion after failing to report income from promoting cryptocurrencies while working as a consultant, as well as income from lecturing and selling rights to his life for a documentary.

The charges refer to the three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, according to the Spanish court ruling on Wednesday.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona International Airport. A judge then ordered that McAfee be held in jail pending the outcome of an extradition hearing.

In a hearing held via video link earlier this month, McAfee argued the charges against him were politically motivated and said he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was. returned to the United States.