British American businessman, software engineer and politician turned fugitive John McAfee has been declared dead.
In a statement released by his lawyer, John McAfee who has been on U.S wanted list since 2020 for tax evasion charges died by suicide in a Spanish Prison, Barcelona where he has been held by Spanish authorities.
Born in 1954, McAfee was the first person to write a successful commercial antivirus and later founded the McAfee Associates a software company in 1987 resigning his position in 1994 and selling all his stock in the company.
At the time of his suicide, Spain had authorized his extradition to the U.S authorities where he was wanted for failure to pay his taxes for the last 4 years.
McAfee has been a successful businessman and mogul with his net worth peaking at $100 Million in 2007 before being affected by 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
McAfee also resided in Belize a Central American country for years though he left the country for the US. In Belize, McAfee was wanted by authorities for a suspicious death where he was thought to be having a hand.
He attempted to run for the President of the United States and participated in 2016 and 2020 Libertarian Party primaries though he was not successful.
Last days on Earth Cause of Death
In 2019, McAfee tweeted that U.S officials are threatening to kill him adding that if at a certain time it is alleged that he committed suicide, people should not believe it.
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself”. I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.” McAfee said in a tweet.
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself”. I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq🙂 pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
On October 5, 2020, McAfee was arrested in Spain at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice for tax evasion. US authorities claimed that he had earned millions of dollars from 2014-2018 but didn’t submit income returns.
2 weeks before his death, McAfee talked about sorrowful life in prison and the suffering his fellow inmates are facing.
“There is much sorrow in prison, disguised as hostility. I’m old and content with food and a bed but for the young prison is a horror”
On 16th June, McAfee said that all his assets have been seized by US authorities who left him with nothing. He went ahead to say that US authorities believed that he has some crypto currency hidden which they wanted him also to unveil though he said he had liquidated all the cryptos in his possession.
“The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.”
John McAfee was declared dead on 23rd June allegedly after being found hanging in the prison said where he allegedly committed suicide.