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McAfee, the virus killer, ‘kills himself’ in jail

Hours after Spain’s National Court approved the extradition of John McAfee to the US, where he was wanted for tax offences, he was found dead


Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee was found dead in his cell in Spain after he allegedly committed suicide, hours after the country’s highest court had approved his extradition to the US, where he was wanted on -related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, confirmed a report in El País that McAfee, 75, had been found dead in the Brians 2 prison near Barcelona, late on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Catalan justice department said that prison and medics had tried to save the life of a 75-year-old man but had been unsuccessful.

“Judicial staff have been dispatched to the prison and are investigating the causes of death,” the statement said, adding: “Everything points to death by suicide.”

McAfee’s lawyer told the Reuters on Wednesday evening that McAfee had apparently hanged himself in his prison cell.

McAfee goes missing from Instagram too

Thirty minutes after news of his death broke, McAfee’s Instagram uploaded a photo of the letter Q. However, less than 24 hours after his death, McAfee’s Instagram page appeared to be deleted. It is unclear whether the page was removed by an individual in charge of the account, or by Instagram itself.

Instagram did not immediately comment.

The 75-year-old tech mogul is reported to have ended his own life in prison in Barcelona, according to local paper El Pais. The “Q” photo on his social media appears to be a reference to QANON, the bizarre conspiracy theory that was tied to the fortunes of former President Donald Trump.

The latest Instagram post from McAfee was shared without a caption. It showed a black letter “Q” on top of a white background, the Independent reported. The letter “Q” represents a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory, known as QANON, about paedophiles running a worldwide child sex-trafficking ring.

Instagram users responded to the post by commenting: “RIP”; “this man did not kill himself,” “Q,” and “Epstein 2.0”.

According to the news outlet, McAfee once shared a photo in 2019 of himself in an altered image of Jeffrey Epstein — who was found dead in a prison cell that same year.

McAfee said Epstein 'didn't commit suicide' in a 2019 Instagram post

News of McAfee’s death comes after

  • He was charged over a $ 13 million cryptocurrency “scam”
  • His controversial moments were revealed
  • McAfee was arrested in Spain over “multi-million dollar evasion”
  • He claimed he had “dirt on those in power” that he threatened to expose if he died
  • The mogul ‘pledged to eat his own manhood’
  • It was revealed that his ex-prostitute wife was ordered to poison him

McAfee wrote alongside the image: “I never said Jeffrey Epstein was murdered. I said he didn’t commit suicide. Not the same.

“Could be alive. Could have never existed. Maybe murdered. I dunno. I only know he didn’t commit suicide.”

Epstein was arrested in July 2019 just a month before his death, and accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls.

McAfee had once claimed that if he was ever discovered dead by suicide that he did not kill himself.

Two years ago, McAfee appeared to show off a tattoo reading “whackd” in a tweet as he blamed US officials of targeting him.

“Getting subtle messages from US officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you, McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself,'” he wrote.

“I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.”

His death was reported just hours after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the US, where he was wanted on -related criminal charges that carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The decision could have been appealed and the final extradition would have needed to be approved by the Spanish Cabinet.

McAfee, who was born in 1945 on a US Army base in Britain, before being raised in Virginia, sold his antivirus company to Intel for $ 7.7 billion in 2011.

He developed early internet security software and has been sought by authorities in the US and Belize in the past.

McAfee was arrested on 3 October 2020 at El Prat airport in Spain, as he was about to flee the country to Turkey.

That same month, McAfee was charged in Tennessee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consulting work, made speaking engagements, and sold the rights to his life story for a documentary.


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