John McAfee, the eccentric tech entrepreneur and founder of the antivirus software company, has died behind bars in a Spanish prison. He was 75.
McAfee was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in his cell in Brians 2 Prison in Barcelona, Spain, with officials saying that the early investigation points to a suicide.
CNBC reports the death comes just hours after a Spanish court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo, citing the Catalan Justice Department, also reported that the prison’s medical professionals attempted to resuscitate him.
McAfee was arrested in October 2020, and accused of failing to file tax returns for four years, despite earning millions from consulting work, speaking engagements, crypto-currencies and selling the rights to his life story.
The US Justice Department alleged that McAfee evaded tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees.
He was also accused of concealing assets, including a yacht and real estate property, in the names of others.
He was a pretty interesting dude to say the least. You can read his Wikipedia page to see the plethora of crazy sh*t he's done/suspected of doing.
He also made one of the greatest YouTube videos ever.