John McAfee, the creator of the antivirus software company bearing his name, has been found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona, Spain, according to multiple media reports. He was 75 years old.
A statement from the Catalan regional government did not name McAfee, but described an attempt to resuscitate a 75-year-old US citizen who was waiting to be extradited to his country. Hours earlier, the Spanish National Court ruled in favor of McAfee’s extradition to the United States.
McAfee was wanted in the United States for tax evasion, which could have resulted in a 30-year prison sentence. Tennessee prosecutors indicted the computer software entrepreneur after failing to report the income he made from speaking engagements, selling the rights to his life story for a documentary, and promoting crypto currencies. He was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona airport. Since then, McAfee has been awaiting his extradition hearing in prison. At a hearing earlier this month, he claimed the charges were politically motivated and feared spending his life behind bars upon his return to the United States.
McAfee was previously a person interested in the death of George Faull and ordered by a Florida court to pay $ 25 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Faull’s estate. When Faull was found dead in his Belizean home, McAfee left for Guatemala. The computer software mogul kept a low profile until his bid for the presidency of the United States in 2016. He ran again in 2020.
McAfee was the subject of the 2016 documentary “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” which he declined to participate in.
In his last tweet, McAfee wrote: “In a democracy, power is given and not taken. … Pay attention to the powers that you allow a democracy to exercise.
In a democracy, power is not given by itself.
But it’s still power.
Love, compassion, care don’t need it. But it is the fuel of greed, hostility, jealousy …
All power corrupts.
Pay attention to the powers that you allow a democracy to exercise.
– John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 18, 2021
On June 10, McAfee was more direct about his time in prison. “There is a lot of grief in prison, disguised as hostility,” he tweeted. “I am old and satisfied with food and a bed, but for the young, prison is an eyesore.”
There is a lot of grief in prison, disguised as hostility.
Grief is clearly visible even on the most angry faces.
I am old and satisfied with food and a bed, but to the young man prison is an eyesore – a reflection of the spirit of those who designed it.
– John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 10, 2021
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