The founder of antivirus software John McAfee died by suicide while awaiting extradition to the United States on tax-related criminal charges. McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Barcelona Jail, Spain on Wednesday, said the police sources.
McAfee had been arrested last October at Barcelona Airport. Earlier in the day, Spain’s National Court approved the extradition of McAfee to face the US on tax-related charges.
The US Department of Justice charged McAfee twice, once for evading taxes from 2014 to 2018 and again for ‘fraudulent promotion to investors of cryptocurrencies.’
According to reports, the charges on McAfee carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. McAfee was fighting the extradition and claimed to the court earlier this month that he would be forced to spend his life in prison if he was sent to the US.
Even after being in jail, McAfee’s Twitter account remained active, praising cryptocurrency and railing against his prosecution.
McAfee recently wrote his musings on politics and tech on Twitter. He frequently touted cryptocurrency and said, “crypto is the key to unlocking our prisons.” He later said that he lost his entire fortune in crypto.