AV mogul John McAfee discovered lifeless by hanging in Spanish jail cell

A casually dressed and sunweathered man reclines with a cigarette on a yacht.
Enlarge / John McAfee on his yacht off the coast of Cuba in 2019.

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John McAfee—the antivirus tycoon whose eccentric and sometimes unlawful antics on yachts and in tropical rain forests got here to outline him in later years—took his personal life in a Spanish jail cell shortly after struggling a serious defeat in his battle in opposition to extradition to the US. He was 75.

The loss of life was first reported by El Pais and later by Reuters and the New York Times, each of which cited attorneys representing McAfee. A number of information companies additionally reported McAfee’s loss of life.

In response to El Pais, Reuters, and the AP, jail personnel discovered McAfee lifeless in his cell, by two accounts after he hanged himself. Personnel offered emergency medical providers however have been unable to save lots of his life.

The experiences got here hours after revelations surfaced that McAfee suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to keep away from extradition to the US to face fees that would carry a long time in jail. Federal prosecutors filed one indictment in March and another in October. The primary alleged a cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme and the latter tax evasion on thousands and thousands of {dollars} in revenue.

Lengthy, unusual journey

In 1987 McAfee based McAfee Associates, a software program firm that produced one of many first business antivirus merchandise. The entrepreneur ran the corporate till 1994, when he resigned. By the point McAfee as an organization was bought by Intel for what on the time was the astounding worth of $7.78 billion, McAfee the person had already sold his entire stake within the firm.

Within the mid Nineteen Nineties, he based an organization that launched PowWow, one of many Web’s first on the spot messaging and social networking apps that arguably was ahead of its time. In 2000, he invested in firewall-maker ZoneAlarm and joined the corporate’s board of administrators.

By 2009, McAfee’s funds have been faltering, dropping from a peak of greater than $100 million to $4 million. He continued to dabble in new and extremely questionable enterprise ventures, together with a maker of herbal-based antibiotics and a would-be producer of a $100 ‘anti-NSA’ device called D-Central. The providing ultimately became available as an Android app on Google Play.

Across the identical time, McAfee confronted a number of authorized fees. They included him being below suspicion for the 2012 homicide of McAfee’s neighbor in Belize, an occasion that prompted him to flee the country. McAfee’s odyssey with the nation’s authorized system played out on the Internet over the next 14 months, culminating on this blockbuster account.

McAfee was additionally reported to be residing and sleeping with a unadorned 17-year-old lady within the weeks main as much as the 2012 Belize homicide he was charged with.

McAfee was arrested in October at a Barcelona airport after a world manhunt lastly closed in on him. He had been preventing extradition ever since. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the extradition the US was searching for was accredited by the excessive courtroom in Spain. The choice signaled that he was more likely to lose in his battle to evade US prosecutors.

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