John McAfee passes away by suicide, hours after Spanish court licensed his extradition to U.S.

John McAfee dies by suicide, hours after Spanish court authorized his extradition to U.S.

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John McAfee, the tech innovator whose name is associated with anti-virus software application, passed away by suicide on Wednesday hours after a court authorized his extradition from Spain to deal with U.S. tax evasion charges, authorities stated.

McAfee was discovered dead in his cell in Barcelona, following the Spanish High Court’s initial judgment for his elimination to the United States, a Catalonia court spokesperson informed NBC News.

McAfee’s attorney, Nishay K. Sanan, stated in a declaration: “John was and will always be remembered as a fighter.”

John McAfee throughout a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong Sept. 20, 2017.Anthony Kwan / Bloomberg through Getty Images file

“He tried to love this country but the U.S. government made his existence impossible,” Sanan stated. “They tried to erase him but they failed.”

Guards at the Brians 2 penitentiary discovered McAfee unresponsive, and the prison’s medical group licensed his death, according to a declaration from the local Catalan federal government.

McAfee’s attorney informed Reuters that the 75-year-old hanged himself in his cell.

The implicated tax cheat was detained at Barcelona airport in October 2020 and he’s been combating elimination to the U.S. since, informing Spanish authorities he’s being targeted for political factors.

He still had a chance to appeal the court’s extradition permission.

If you or somebody you understand remains in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOUSE to 741741 or go to for extra resources.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.

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