- Nov 10, 2017
John McAfee, founder of the company behind McAfee Antivirus, has been found dead according to reports from Reuters, El Mundo, and El País. He was being held in a Barcelona prison, and the Catalan Department of Justice has stated that his death was likely caused by suicide. McAfee’s lawyer confirmed his death to Reuters, saying that it was “the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long.”
McAfee was being held in prison, pending extradition to the US, after being arrested in October 2020. He faced charges of tax evasion and had also been charged with securities fraud relating to an alleged cryptocurrency pump and dump scheme. Spanish courts had approved his extradition this morning with opportunity for appeal, according to Reuters and El Mundo.
McAfee has a history of run-ins with law enforcement. He, his family, and members of his security forces were arrested by the Belize police in 2012, after drug and firearm charges. He went on the run later that year, after the Belize police declared that he was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of his neighbor.