Unfortunately, the anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been found dead in a Barcelona prison cell.
This came hours after a Spanish court has agreed to extradite him to the US in order to face tax evasion charges.
The Catalan Justice Department said prison medics tried to resuscitate him, but were not successful, according to the latest reports coming from BBC.
It said in a statement that “everything indicates” McAfee took his own life.
McAfee helped to spark a multi-billion dollar industry
He was a controversial figure in the tech world and his company released the first commercial anti-virus software.
McAfee VirusScan helped to spark a multi-billion dollar industry in the computer world, and was eventually sold to technology giant Intel for more than $7.6 billion.
“In October 2020, John McAfee was arrested in Spain when he was about to board a plane to Turkey, and accused of failing to file tax returns for four years, despite earning millions from consulting work, speaking engagements, crypto-currencies and selling the rights to his life story,” BBC notes.
It’s also worth noting that the US Justice Department alleged that McAfee evaded tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees.
He had also argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him have been all politically motivated and he was positive that he would spend the rest of his life in jail if he returned to the US.
Nishay Sanan, McAfee’s lawyer, said he had intended to fight all the charges.
“This is again the US government trying to erase John McAfee,” Mr Sanan told NPR on Wednesday. “This man was a fighter. And in the minds of everyone who knew him, he will always be a fighter.”
His death is surrounded by controversies, especially since he dropped the following post on social media.
John McAfee was 75 years old. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.