John McAfee, the eccentric tech mogul who made his fortune developing antivirus software, was found dead Wednesday in a prison cell near Barcelona, just hours after the Spanish National High Court ruled he had to be extradited to the United States to face tax evasion charges. He was 75 years old.
The news of his death was the first denounced by El Pais, who said he died by suicide. An official then confirmed the news of his death to the Associated Press, with a statement from the Catalan government saying that a 75-year-old American citizen awaiting extradition cannot be resuscitated.
McAfee was arrested last October in Spain on charges of failing to pay millions of dollars in income taxes from 2014 to 2018 in Tennessee. He also faced charges from federal researchers in Manhattan for his involvement in a “pump and dump” cryptocurrency scheme.
Earlier Wednesday, the Spanish court ruled that McAfee would face extradition, after months of claiming that the charges against him were politically motivated and designed to ensure he never got out of jail again.
Charges for tax evasion were not the first time McAfee has been involved in a criminal investigation. In 2012, McAfee was he wanted to be questioned in Belize for the murder of his neighbor.
For months, McAfee tweeted from prison.
McAfee, which sold its software company in the 1990s, claimed to have he had 47 children during his lifetime.
“Father of many, beloved by few,” his wife Janice wrote in a letter posted Sunday on Twitter for Father’s Day.
In the letter, he stated that the U.S. government was “determined to put John to death in prison to set an example for having protested against the corruption of his government agencies.”