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John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead in a Spanish prison

John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead in a Spanish prison

On June 23, John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer, committed suicide in his jail cell in Spain. His death was announced just days after a court-ordered his extradition to the United States, where he was wanted for tax evasion.

His death came just hours after a Spanish court granted his extradition to the United States to face tax accusations that may land him in prison for decades, according to authorities.

The 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal accusations has been granted preliminary approval by a Spanish court.

According to a statement from the regional Catalan government, security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary outside the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team eventually certified his death.

Soon after his death, McAfee’s tweet from December 2019 went viral on social media. Sharing a picture of his tattoo on his right arm, McAfee had said, “If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whacked. Check my right arm.”

“Getting subtle messages from US officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you, McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself”. I got a tattoo today just in case,” he tweeted.

Last October, the entrepreneur was arrested at Barcelona’s international airport. At the time, a judge ordered McAfee to be kept in custody pending the outcome of an extradition case.

John McAfee was a cryptocurrency promoter, tax opponent, US presidential contender, and fugitive, among other things.

Before developing the world’s first commercial anti-virus in 1987, McAfee worked for NASA, Xerox, and Lockheed Martin. In 2011, he sold his software company to Intel and no longer worked for the company. His name is still on the application, which has 500 million users worldwide.

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