Tech pioneer John McAfee 'DID kill himself' despite raging conspiracies, autopsy reportedly shows
TECH pioneer John McAfee did kill himself despite raging conspiracies, an autopsy reportedly showed.
Prison wardens found the body of software mogul McAfee hanging in his cell on Wednesday in what appeared to be a suicide, his lawyer Javier Villalba said last week.
The tech mogul's death was reported just hours after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the US, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
McAfee once claimed that if he was ever discovered dead by suicide that he did not kill himself.
His Instagram account posted a mysterious "Q" just minutes after his death was reported. The account was then deleted the following day.
Since his death, wild conspiracies have been flying around – including one claiming that he had stored files in a condo in Surfside, Florida, which collapsed last week, which he did not.
McAfee, who was born in 1945 on a US Army base in Britain, before being raised in Virginia, sold his antivirus company to Intel for $7.7billion in 2011.
He developed early internet security software and has been sought by authorities in the US and Belize in the past.
The results of the autopsy came just days after McAfee's wife blamed the US government for his death and called for an investigation into his reported suicide.
Janice, who met her tech mogul husband in 2012 in Miami, said: "I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy. Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead."
The widow said her husband had not been suicidal in the hours before his death, adding: "His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening.'
"Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal."
Janice, speaking to reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona, said: "Even though he was born in England, America was his home."
"He came there when he was a child. He had his first girlfriend there, his first case, you know, his first job. He made his first millions there and he wanted to be there.
"But, you know, politics just wouldn’t allow for that to happen."
She added: "All John wanted to do was spend his remaining years fishing and drinking.
"He had hope that things would work out. We knew that there would be an uphill battle to continue to fight this situation.
"But he’s a fighter and anybody that knows John, that knows him even a little bit, knows that about him.
"He was just so loving. He had a big heart and he just loved people and he just wanted to have peace in his life.
"My prayers are that his soul has found the peace in death that he could not find in life."
McAfee was arrested on October 3 of last year at El Prat airport in Spain, as he was about to flee the country to Turkey.
That same month, McAfee was charged in Tennessee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consulting work, made speaking engagements, and sold the rights to his life story for a documentary.
Three days before his death, Janice also alleged people wanted him dead.
"I know John is an extremely polarizing individual. Believe me, I know this better than most!" Janice wrote in the lengthy note on Father's Day.
She added: "But I also know, as well as any of you who follow him on Twitter, that he has always been honest about who is is. ALWAYS. Sometimes too honest, sometimes sharing more than any of us cared to know about him!
"John’s honesty has often gotten him in trouble with corrupt governments and corrupt government officials because of his outspoken nature and his refusal to be extorted, intimidated, or silenced," she claimed.
"Now the US authorities are determined to have John in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against corruption within their government agencies."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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