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Software program guru John McAfee discovered DEAD in Spanish jail after court docket approves extradition to US

Software guru John McAfee found DEAD in Spanish prison after court approves extradition to US

Former antivirus magnate John McAfee was discovered useless in his jail cell in Barcelona simply hours after a Spanish court docket accredited his extradition to the US on tax evasion fees, authorities in Madrid have informed nationwide media.

McAfee, 75, was present in his cell on the Sant Esteve Sesrovires jail on Wednesday night, Spanish media reported, citing an official assertion from the Ministry of Justice. Guards and jail medical employees intervened and tried resuscitation, however to no avail, the ministry mentioned.

Investigators have been dispatched to the jail to probe the reason for dying, however “all the things signifies it could possibly be a suicide,” the ministry added.

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Earlier Wednesday, a Spanish court docket dominated to permit his extradition to the US on fees of evading taxes between 2014 and 2018, which might have landed him in jail for as much as 30 years. US authorities additionally had civil fees pending towards McAfee for an estimated $13 million in earnings from cryptocurrency schemes.

McAfee was arrested in Spain in October 2020 and held in jail as a “flight danger” pending his extradition listening to.

In a social media submit on June 16, 2021, which turned out to be one among his final, he revealed that the tens of millions in cryptocurrency have been “dissolved” by his associates, who he mentioned had deserted him in concern.

“I’ve nothing. But, I remorse nothing,” he wrote.

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Finest identified for his eponymous antivirus software program, McAfee really resigned from that firm in 1994 and pursued different ventures, however took a large hit to his fortune through the 2008 monetary disaster. He lived in Belize for a interval, however left in 2013 after being accused – falsely, he mentioned – of getting a neighbor killed.

McAfee additionally made two bids for the US presidency, in 2016 and 2020. Each instances, he misplaced within the Libertarian Get together primaries.

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