Controversial anti-virus pioneer dies in prison

Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has died at the age of 75. According to Spanish-language publications El Mundo and El Pais, police found him dead in a Barcelona prison cell where he was awaiting extradition to the United States. A spokesman for the Catalan Justice Ministry has since confirmed the death to Reuters. Authorities believe he died by suicide, but officials have not yet determined the cause of death, the report said.

Spanish authorities arrested McPhee at Barcelona airport in October 2020 after U.S. federal prosecutors arrested him on fraud and money laundering charges, as well as tax evasion charges related to his failure to run as a Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. McPhee allegedly failed to file tax returns for four years between 2014 and 2018, even though he received “substantial income” from various sources, including by promoting cryptocurrency and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

Although he is best known for the anti-virus software that bears his name, McAfee has garnered major media attention in recent years for his erratic behavior. in 2012, while living in Belize, he was accused of paying a hitman $5,000 to murder his neighbor. More recently, authorities in the Dominican Republic arrested McPhee on suspicion of being on a yacht loaded with high-caliber weapons and other military equipment.

McPhee recently wrote on his Twitter account, “There’s a lot of sadness in prison, disguised as hostility. I’m old enough to be content with food and a bed, but it’s a horror to young prisons – a reflection of the minds of the people who birthed them. “