Cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee is dead

Controversial antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has died. He was 75.

McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Spain earlier today just hours after the nation’s high court approved his extradition to the US to face criminal tax evasion charges.

Spanish police say there were attempts to revive the prisoner and they are investigating the causes of death.

The expatriate US citizen was arrested in Barcelona in October 2020 on the tax charges, having lived a nomadic life since fleeing Belize in 2012 amid a murder investigation.

The prime minister of Belize at the time called him “bonkers.”

McAfee was never charged over the death of a neighbour and denied any involvement, but in 2019, a Florida court awarded a $25 million judgment for wrongful death against him.

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