ANTIVIRUS pioneer John McAfee has died in a prison in Barcelona at the age of 75.
McAfee first came to prominence through his antivirus program before later touting cryptocurrency.
Spanish police arrested McAfee on October 3 of last year at El Prat airport in Barcelona at the request of the United States. as he was about to flee the country to Turkey. Prosecutors allege McAffee evaded taxes for years and also accused him of other security fraud violations. McAfee denied all the charges.
While in prison, McAfee fought extradition to the United States, and the Spanish National Court denied that attempt hours before McAfee’s death. An appeal was still possible, and any extradition requires the Spanish Cabinet’s approval. According to NBC News, guards at the Brians 2 penitentiary where McAfee was being held found him unresponsive, and the jail’s medical team certified his death.
“Confirmation has come from our legal team in Spain that John was found dead in his jail cell,” said Nishan Sanan, McAfee’s lawyer in the United States. “I am saddened to hear of the events and my prayers go out to his wife Janice.”
According to the Catalan Justice Department, it’s likely McAfee committed suicide. McAfee’s lawyer in Spain, Javier Villalba, confirmed the information.
“This is the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long.” It’s likely that with his death, U.S. prosecutors will drop the charges against McAfee.” he said.