Last Updated: July 13, 2021
John McAfee, the controversial antivirus software pioneer, was found dead in his jail cell in the Brians 2 prison facility in Span, near Barcelona, yesterday, June 23, around 1 p.m ET. The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Spanish authorities have reported that he apparently committed suicide by hanging himself.
Catalonia’s regional government Justice Department has stated that the guards and medical staff inside the prison tried to revive him, but their attempts were unsuccessful.
The news of his death arrived just hours after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the US. He was arrested in October last year, due to tax-evasion criminal charges, for which he was facing a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
A Tennessee federal court charged him for money-laundering and tax – evasion after allegedly failing to file tax returns on the income he made promoting cryptocurrencies.
McAfee (75) has maintained his innocence and has stated that the charges against him were politically motivated.
McAfee and his company have played a significant role in the development of the antivirus software industry. He created McAfee Associates in 1987 and resigned from the company in 1994. His other business ventures include Tribal Voice, a company he founded in the mid-1990s, as well as Quorum Ex and Future Tense Central. During the financial crisis of 2007-2008, he lost almost all his fortunes.
Nishay Sanan, McAfee’s lawyer, stated on Wednesday, “This man was a fighter. And in the minds of everyone who knew him, he will always be a fighter.”