John McAfee, creator of the famous antivirus, found dead in a Catalan jail. The American tycoon was on the verge of an extradition to the United States. He had been in Spain since before the start of the pandemic.
The Catalan Department of Justice has confirmed in a statement the death of John McAfee, the American magnate who was imprisoned in the Sant Esteve Sesrovires prison, Barcelona. The evidence points to a suicide death.
The events occurred just one day after the Supreme Court approved his extradition to the United States, where he was wanted for alleged tax crimes. McAfee had been in Spain since before the global pandemic began, and he took advantage of his frustration to post videos on social networks in which he told his story; however, it is that presence that facilitated his arrest after a search and arrest warrant was issued.
The McAfee name is most famous for computer antivirus , which comes pre-installed on millions of computers around the world as an integrated solution to prevent hacker attacks and infections. But its creator parted ways with the company he founded years ago, investing in startups related to cybersecurity and privacy, and even starting an unsuccessful political career.
But it was also then that he racked up most of his legal troubles. In 2012, he became a “person of interest” by the Belizean police on suspicions of drug trafficking and the murder of American expat Gregory Viant Faull.
Then McAfee began an exodus through several Central American countries, ending up in Spain in 2020. With most of the borders closed, the 75-year-old billionaire traveled through Catalan roads, publishing videos in which he urinated in public or questioned the existence of the coronavirus .
McAfee was arrested in October 2020, at the request of the US Department of Justice for tax evasion. Yesterday the Supreme Court authorized the extradition; therefore, the theory that is being considered is that of suicide.