Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison cell

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McAfee was found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona on Wednesday around 1 p.m. ET and a medical examiner is on the scene, a spokeswoman for the Superior Court of Catalonia told CNN.

Spanish authorities arrested McAfee at Barcelona airport in October 2020 following an indictment from United States federal prosecutors on allegations of fraud and money laundering, as well as tax evasion charges linked to his failed bid to run as the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 USA presidential election.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona's global airport.

McAfee was found dead and hanging in his cell on Wednesday afternoon, according to Reuters and a local newspaper report, which cites Spain's Justice Department.

"A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death", the statement said, adding that "Everything points to death by suicide".

The decision can be appealed and the final extradition will need to be approved by the Spanish Cabinet.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona's worldwide airport. The freaky theory found believers among a sizable chunk of the former president's fanbase throughout the 2020 election, and still remains prevalent today.

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Though during the extradition hearing McAfee said that he was victim of political persecution for disclosing corruption in the tax system.

During a court hearing last month, McAfee said that given his age, he would spend the rest of his life in jail if he were to be convicted in the United States.

He twice ran long-shot bids for US president and was a participant in Libertarian Party presidential debates in 2016.

US federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment in October against McAfee over charges that he evaded taxes and wilfully failed to file returns.

He was also a vocal supporter of cryptocurrencies through his Twitter account.

In Washington, the IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also sued McAfee for allegedly being paid to promote "worthless" initial coin offerings (ICO) on social media.

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