John McAfee, founder of antivirus software maker McAfee Associates, which in later years found fame as a Bitcoin promoter and international fugitive, has died. According to the Spanish news site The country (via Google translator), McAfee is believed to have committed suicide in his Barcelona prison cell, although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
The initial announcement did not name McAfee, describing the prisoner only as a 75-year-old U.S. citizen awaiting extradition, but a government source familiar with the situation confirmed with the Associated press that it was him. The report said efforts to resuscitate McAfee after he was found were unsuccessful and the prison's medical staff declared him dead.
McAfee made a fortune from the sale of his business and other businesses, but also faced several legal issues over the past decade. Most notably, he was described by police as a "person of interest" to the assassination of American Gregory Viant Faull, his Belize neighbor, but never charged. He also tried to run for the presidency of the United States twice, in 2016 and 2020, as a libertarian candidate, although in both cases he failed to get the nomination.
McAfee has been in prison since October 2020, when he was arrested for tax evasion; he also faced charges of criminal and civil fraud related to his promotion of cryptocurrency. He had been fighting extradition to the United States, but lost today, when the Spanish High Court authorized his transfer to the United States.
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