John McAfee, an eccentric tech mogul who made his fortune developing antivirus software, was found dead in a cell near Barcelona on Wednesday, just hours after Spain’s National Court ruled that he be extradited to the United States to face tax evasion charges. He was 75 years old.
The news of his death was first Mentioned by El PaisWho said he had committed suicide. then responsible The news of his death was confirmed to the Associated Press, with a statement from the Catalan government saying that a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition could not be saved.
McAfee was arrested last October in Spain, accused of failing to pay millions of dollars in income taxes from 2014 to 2018 in Tennessee. He also faced accusations from federal investigators in Manhattan about his involvement in a cryptocurrency “pump and dump” scheme.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Spanish court ruled that McAfee would face extradition, months after he claimed the charges against him were politically motivated and designed to ensure he never leaves prison again.
The tax evasion charges were not the first time McAfee has been linked to a criminal investigation. In 2012, McAfee . was wanted for interrogation in Belize because of the murder of his neighbour.
For months, McAfee has been tweeting from prison.
McAfee, who sold his software company in the 1990s, claimed to have He fathered 47 children during his lifetime.
“Father of many, beloved of few,” his wife Janice wrote in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday for Father’s Day.
In the letter, it claimed that the US government was “determined that John die in prison to set an example for him for speaking out against corruption within their government agencies”.