John McAfee, Antivirus Software Creator, Found Dead In Spanish Prison Cell

2021-06-23 14:46:09

John McAfee, the pioneer antivirus software creator, was found dead in a prison cell in Barcelona, multiple outlets have reported.

McAfee, 75, reportedly died by suicide on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the Spanish high court authorized his extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges, Reuters reported.

McAfee faced charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which alleged he made over $23.1 million in undisclosed income from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.

McAfee made his fortune in the ’80s and ’90s through his antivirus software, but told ABC News in 2017 that he had “wasted” much of the money.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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