John McAfee, the antivirus spyware tycoon, was found dead in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday from an apparent suicide. He was 75.
The Catalan justice department confirmed McAfee’s death to Reuters.
McAfee’s death came just hours after a Spanish court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
McAfee was arrested last October at the international airport in Barcelona on U.S. tax evasion charges, which are pending in federal court in Tennessee. He had been held in jail in Spain since then.
McAfee was accused of evading his taxes in Tennessee by failing to disclose money he made from cryptocurrency, speaking fees and selling the rights to his life story.
“From 2014 to 2018, McAfee allegedly failed to file tax returns, despite receiving considerable income from these sources,” the U.S. Justice Department said in October.
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.
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