John McAfee, the software programmer and businessman, who created one of the first anti-virus software for PCs, has died. He was 75.
McAfee was being held at a prison in Barcelona, Spain as he was waiting for extradition to the United States for tax evasion.
Spanish news El Diario made the announcement on Wednesday about his death (translated by Safari Web):
The American tycoon John McAfee, known for his antivirus, was found dead this Wednesday in the Catalan prison of Brians 2, according to prison sources. The death of the prisoner comes a day after the National Court has approved his extradition to the United States, a country that claims him for alleged tax crimes committed between 2016 and 2018.
The well-known computer scientist was arrested in October of last year at El Prat airport and has been in Sant Esteve Sesrovires prison (Barcelona) since then, after a search and arrest warrant from the United States weighed on him. This newspaper was able to interview McAfee from prison last November, when it said that “life in Spanish prisons is like the Hilton compared to the abject surrealism and dehumanization of American prisons.”
His last tweet from his official Twitter was very cryptic:
The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association.
I have nothing.
Yet, I regret nothing.
My god. Crimes.