The unconventional security software trailblazer, John McAfee, was discovered lifeless in his prison cell close to Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.
Authorities said that he died on the same day the Spanish court released its decision for him to be extradited to the United States over his tax charges that can be punished with imprisonment for several years.
The cryptocurrency plugger, tax resister McAfee holds a history of legal troubles which spanned from Tennessee to Central America up to the Caribbean. He bid for US presidency, went into hiding and made known to the public his problem on drugs, guns, and sex. He was wanted for interrogation in 2012 regarding the murder of his Belize neighbor, but has managed to evade the crime.
His remains were found at the Brians 2 penitentiary in the European country’s northeastern part. He was tried to be saved by the security personnel but was later confirmed dead by the prison’s medical team, according to the regional Catalan government’s statement.
“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” part of the statement read. “Everything points to death by suicide.”
His death followed the announcement of the National Court of Spain which agreed to extradite the 75-year-ol McAfee.
Earlier this month, McAfee claimed that Tennessee’s prosecutors have political reasons in pushing charges against him, as he said that he will stay inside the prison in the US as long as he lives.
The ruling of the court was publicized for Wednesday and has welcomed appeal. The Spanish Cabinet’s approval is also needed to release the finalized order for his extradition.
The security software pioneer was caught at Barcelona’s international airport in October and has remained behind bars pending his extradition proceedings result.