John McAfee died of obvious suicide beneath an extradition warrant in a Spanish jail

Eccentric anti-virus software company founder John McAfee was found dead on Wednesday in his prison cell in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on suspected suicide, shortly after the Spanish national court approved his extradition to the United States to face criminal tax evasion charges Reuters and Associated Press confirmed.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo first reported that the Catalan Justice Ministry said McAfee, 75, died within hours of the extradition ruling.

The McAfee attorney told Reuters that the founder of McAfee Associates appeared to have hanged himself.

El Mundo reported, citing the Catalan Ministry of Justice, that the prison’s medics tried to resuscitate him. McAfee was being held in Brian’s 2 prison in Catalonia.

McAfee’s death in custody commemorates Jeffrey Epstein, the accused child smuggler and multi-millionaire investor, who died of suicide by hanging in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019.

McAfee’s own father, described as an alcoholic abusive, allegedly shot himself when McAfee was 15 years old.

McAfee was arrested last October at Barcelona International Airport on tax evasion charges pending in federal court in Tennessee with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Since then he has been in prison in Spain.

John McAfee, Co-Founder of McAfee Crypto Team and CEO of Luxcore and Founder of McAfee Antivirus, speaks at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St. Julian’s, Malta on November 1, 2018.

Darrin Zammit Lupi | Reuters

According to the indictment, McAfee earned millions in revenue from promoting cryptocurrencies, advising, lecturing, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary film.

“From 2014 to 2018, McAfee allegedly did not file any tax returns, despite having received significant income from these sources,” the US Justice Department said in October.

McAfee, along with another man, Jimmy Watson, was also indicted in Manhattan federal court in March for an alleged “pump-and-dump” program that allegedly bought large amounts of cheap cryptocurrency and then advertised it online as “fake and” were misleading tweets “in order to increase their market prices.

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“The members of the McAfee team have collectively made more than $ 2 million in illicit profits from their altcoin scalping activities,” the Justice Department said in March.

Last week, McAfee tweeted about its criminal cases, writing, “The US believes I was hiding crypto. I wish I had, but it has been disintegrated through Team McAfee’s many hands (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all “. confiscated. “

“My friends disappeared for fear of associations. I have nothing. Nevertheless, I have no regrets,” wrote McAfee in the tweet pinned to the top of his Twitter feed.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged McAfee last October in a civil lawsuit of generating more than $ 23 million in undisclosed revenue from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.

McAfee left the anti-virus software company of the same name in 1994, which he founded seven years earlier. He later sought the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and again in 2020.

In 2013, he created a mundane spoof video explaining how users can uninstall the software.

In 2019, a Florida federal court sentenced McAfee to more than $ 25 million in damages for the estate of a Florida man named Gregory Faull, who was allegedly murdered in Belize in 2012 on McAfee orders.

Faull owned a property on a beach next to McAfee, whose two dogs were allegedly poisoned by Faull.

McAfee had previously fled Belize and faked a heart attack to return to the United States. He was never charged with Faull’s murder.

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