Antivirus software creator found dead in Spanish prison cell

The creator of McAfee antivirus software, John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona. He was found dead in prison of suspected suicide after he was cleared to be extradited to the United States on Wednesday, according to various reports. 

McAfee was facing charges of tax evasion and securities fraud and was being held in prison, pending extradition to the US, after being arrested in October 2020.

The eccentric cryptocurrency promoter and tax opponent whose history of legal troubles spanned from Tennessee to Central America to the Caribbean 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.

“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” it said, adding that “everything points to death by suicide.”

The statement didn’t identify McAfee by name but said the dead man was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government official familiar with the case who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to The Associated Press that it was McAfee.

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