Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has died in his prison cell in Spain on June 23, hours after a court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax evasion charges.
Police in the Catalan region confirmed that prison authorities found McAfee, 75, dead in the Brians 2 prison near Barcelona where he was awaiting extradition after the U.S. charged him last year of evading taxes.
According to the regional Justice Department, prison medics tried life-saving measures after finding McAfee, but were unsuccessful.
In a statement, the Justice Department said that authorities are investigating the cause of death, but added that “everything indicates to death by suicide.”
Last October, authorities arrested McAfee, who released the first commercial anti-virus software, at an international airport in Barcelona when he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.
The U.S. accused McAfee of failing to file tax returns for four years despite earning millions from promoting cryptocurrencies, conducting consultancy work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.
The tax evasion charges carry a prison sentence for up to 30 years.
In 2019, McAfee said on Twitter that he had not filed tax returns for eight years because “taxation is illegal.”
McAfee was also accused of concealing assets, including a real estate property, in the name of others.
The U.S. Justice Department also indicted McAfee last March on separate fraud and money laundering charges for allegedly participating in a scheme that falsely promoted cryptocurrencies.
During a virtual hearing earlier this month, McAfee claimed that the charges against him were politically motivated.
In recent years, McAfee also claimed of a plot to targeting him, but a court reportedly said that there was “no revealing evidence” that he was being targeted for political or ideological reasons.
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