John McAfee, creator of McAfee software found dead in Spanish prison

John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona, ​​a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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

Security personnel at Brians 2 penitentiary near the town in northeastern Spain attempted to revive McAfee, who was 75, but the prison’s medical team eventually certified him dead, according to a statement from the Catalan regional government.

The statement did not identify the American 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 authorized to be named in the media confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.

Tennessee prosecutors charged McAfee with tax evasion after failing to report income from promoting cryptocurrency while doing consulting work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to the story of his life for a documentary.

The charges relate to the three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, according to the Spanish court’s decision issued 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 that the charges against him were politically motivated and said he would spend the rest of his life in prison if returned to the United States.


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