Antivirus software tycoon John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison; ITV News

Joanna Estrada
Июня 24, 2021

According to a Wednesday report from Spanish global news agency EFE, John McAfee has been found dead in his prison cell at the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center.

His death occurred after a Spanish high court authorized McAfee's extradition to the US.

According to the U.S. extradition request filed in November and quoted in the ruling, McAfee earned more than 10 million euros ($12 million) in the four years in question, but never filed a tax return.

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The 75-year-old antivirus software founder had initially been detained by Spanish law enforcement officials in October 2020 while at the Barcelona airport.

The Spanish court ultimately chose to approve McAfee's extradition on Wednesday based on charges that stemmed to his 2016, 2017 and 2018 tax returns.

McAfee still had opportunities to appeal his conviction but could not stand more time in jail, the lawyer Javier Villalba said.

'These eight months John has spent in prison in Spain have been especially hard on his overall health both mentally and physically, as well as financially, but he is undeterred from continuing to speak truth to power, ' she added.

The U.S. embassy in Madrid didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The prosecutor remarked that McAfee was a "millionaire who doesn't want to pay taxes".

Federal prosecutors in NY, where McAfee had been charged with securities fraud, declined ABC News' request for comment shortly after the news broke. Though the cause of death has not been officially confirmed, multiple reports have cited possible suicide.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also sued McAfee for allegedly being paid to promote "worthless" initial coin offerings (ICO) on social media.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona's worldwide airport.

Watson was arrested in Texas in October.

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