John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell

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Breaking American Magnate John Mc Afee Found Dead In His Prison Cell

American antivirus software creator John McAfee has been found dead in his cell in a Spanish prison near Barcelona hours after a court approved his extradition to the United States.

The U.S. government had been seeking McAfee's extradition for charges including failing to submit tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and allegedly not reporting income related to pushing crypto projects and consulting work. McAfee was arrested last October and has long maintained that the tax evasion charges were motivated by politics.

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.

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The Justice Department said McAfee and his accomplices reaped more than $13 million from the schemes.

His life took some weird twists and turns when in 2012 McAfee was wanted for questioning over a murder case in Belize.

Known for his eccentric behaviour, McAfee, 75, was a pioneer of anti-virus software, introducing his eponymous program in the 1980s. Earlier this morning the National Court has given permission to finally extradite McAfee to US.

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He faced a possible sentence of more than two decades in prison had be been convicted of the U.S. tax charges, which stemmed from claims that he did not file tax returns between 2014 and 2018.

The last post from McAfee's Twitter account was a retweet of a Father's Day message from his wife Janice McAfee.

Earlier today, a Spanish court ruled McAfee could have been extradited to the United States following approval from the country's Council of Ministers and the opportunity for his legal team to appeal the decision.

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USA authorities also accused McAfee and his bodyguard, Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., of exploiting McAfee's large Twitter following to artificially inflate prices of obscure cryptocurrencies through a so-called pump-and-dump scheme, and concealing payments McAfee received from startup businesses to promote initial coin offerings.

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