Creator of the McAfee antivirus software, John McAfee was found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, shortly after a court-approved his extradition to the US to face tax-related criminal charges, a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 23.
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The 75-year-old was found dead in his cell in the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona "apparently from suicide", a spokeswoman for the prison system in the northeastern Catalonia region said, confirming media reports. She gave no further details.
Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.
McAfee has been in jail in Spain after he got arrested at Barcelona airport when he was just about to board a flight to Istanbul in October 2020.
On June 21 Spain's National Court ruled in favor of extracting McAfee who had argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against having a politically motivated and that if he was written to the US, he would have to spend the rest of his life in prison.
During a court hearing last month, McAfee said that given his age, he would spend the rest of his life in jail if he were to be convicted in the United States. "I am hoping that the Spanish court will see the injustice of this," he said, adding "the United States wants to use me as an example."
The court's ruling was made public on June 23 and could be appealed. Any final extradition order would also need to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.
The decision could still have been appealed and the extradition would also have needed approval from the Spanish cabinet.
According to the US extradition request filed in November and quoted in the ruling, McAfee earned over 10 million euros ($12 million) in the four years in question but never filed a tax return.