John McAfee: Family Blames US Authorities for Antivirus Tycoon's Death

Saturday, 26-June-2021 16:55

John McAfee speaking at a convention center in 2016
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John McAfee speaking at a convention center in 2016

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Janice McAfee, wife of tech entrepreneur John MacAfee, has blamed the United States (US) authorities for her husband's death in prison in Spain a few days ago.

She said McAfee's death was not a suicide, and asked for an investigation into the cause of her husband's death, as reported by Reuters on Saturday (06/26/2021).

Janice McAfee spoke to the press outside Brians 2 prison in Barcelona, ​​where her late husband has been held since October last year. She said she spoke with McAfee several hours before he was found dead.

"His last words to me were 'I love you and will call this afternoon'. Those words were not from a suicidal person," said Janice McAfee.

"I blame the US authorities for this tragedy. Due to the politically charged allegations, my husband is now dead," she said.

According to his wife, McAfee intended to appeal to a court in Spain hours before his death.

A Spanish court granted McAfee's extradition plan to the United States days earlier.

Representatives for the US Embassy in Spain said they were monitoring the investigation into the case.

"We continue to closely monitor the local authorities' investigation into the cause of death, and are willing to provide all appropriate assistance to his family. Out of respect for the family at this difficult time, we do not wish to comment further," a spokesman for the US Embassy in Spain said.

McAfee, 75, who was best known for the antivirus products that bear his name, was arrested last October at an airport in Barcelona. He has been living on the run from US authorities for the past few years due to a number of cases.

The state of Tennessee indicted McAfee on tax evasion charges, while New York charged him with cryptocurrency fraud.

McAfee was found dead in his cell, according to Spanish prison authorities. He died from self hanging. McAfee, according to a prison source, was being held with other inmates. However, McAfee was alone when he was found dead.

McAfee's attorney, Javier Villalba said the McAfee family was still waiting for the official autopsy results. He will request a second autopsy, independently, at the request of the family.

The family will also take legal action once John McAfee's death report is published.

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