John McAfee, who founded the antivirus software empire that still bears his name, was reportedly found dead in his prison cell at the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center in Barcelona, Spain. The controversial McAfee was due to be extradited to the United States where, according to Reuters, he was staring down charges related to tax evasion. He was 75 years old.
According to another report from Reuters, the Catalan department of justice reportedly pointed to suicide as the most likely cause of death. No other details were made available.
McAfee often found himself in trouble in his later years. As The New York Times reported last year, the one-time tech tycoon took off from the country of Belize back in 2012 after being accused of murder there. He largely kept his head down for a number of years, resurfacing to run in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as a Libertarian, then disappearing on and off — in person, at least — while maintaining an online presence that pumped up various cryptocurrencies and ICOs (initial coin offerings).
The behavior of John McAfee not only rankled the IRS, which accused him of failing to file tax returns for a number of years, but also the SEC, which saw his crypto investment advice (in currencies he was potentially making a profit from) as illegal.
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