John McAfee found dead by apparent suicide in Spanish prison cell

A casually dressed and sunweathered man reclines with a cigarette on a yacht.
Enlarge / John McAfee on his yacht off the coast of Cuba in 2019.

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John McAfee—the antivirus tycoon whose eccentric and sometimes unlawful antics on yachts and in tropical rain forests got here to outline him in later years—took his personal life in a Spanish jail cell shortly after struggling a significant defeat in his combat towards extradition to the US. He was 75.

The dying was first reported by El Pais and later by Reuters, and the Associated Press, all of which cited regulation enforcement sources in Barcelona. A number of information companies additionally reported McAfee’s dying.

In response to El Pais and the AP, jail personnel discovered McAfee hanging in his cell and supplied emergency medical providers however had been unable to save lots of his life.

The studies got here hours after revelations surfaced that McAfee suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to keep away from extradition to the US to face costs that that might carry many years in jail. Federal prosecutors filed one indictment in March and one other in October. The primary alleged a cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme and the latter tax evasion on thousands and thousands of dollars in earnings.

McAfee was arrested in October at a Barcelona airport after a global manhunt lastly closed in on him. He had been preventing extradition ever since. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the extradition the US was in search of was authorised by the excessive courtroom in Spain. The choice signaled that he was more likely to lose in his combat to evade US prosecutors.