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Who is John McAfee, the antivirus pioneer who died by suicide in Spanish prison?

John McAfee is alleged to have deliberately failed to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, despite earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story.

June 24, 2021 / 08:47 AM IST
John McAfee has been in jail in Spain since he was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020, just as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.

John McAfee has been in jail in Spain since he was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020, just as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.

John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer, died by suicide in his jail cell in Spain on June 23. The news of his death came shortly after a court approved his extradition to the United States where he was wanted for tax evasion.

McAfee's body was discovered at the Brians 2 penitentiary in northeastern Spain. Security personnel tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.

Spain’s National Court had just hours ago ruled in favour of extraditing the 75-year-old. The court’s ruling was open for appeal, with any final extradition order also needing to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

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 whackd. Check my right arm."