McAfee was found dead in a Catalan prison.

Although many have forgotten the fact, the body of the creator of the McAfee computer antivirus is still in a morgue in Barcelona a year after his death in prison, while the Spanish justice decides whether to accept the family’s appeal to reopen the investigation that determined that he had committed suicide.

The body of John McAfee remains in the deposit of the Institute of Legal Medicine of Barcelona, ​​confirmed sources from the Department of Justice of the region of Catalonia.

There he was transferred shortly after the afternoon of June 23, 2021, when the body of the controversial businessman was discovered in his Brians 2 prison cell, about 40 kilometers from Barcelona. Everything pointed to an apparent suicideand this was later confirmed by the only autopsy carried out to date.

“A year ago today John McAfee was stolen from us. A leader in freedom & privacy, the world is a darker place without him,” Janice McAfee wrote on Twitter.

His wife, however, never believed that McAfee, then 75 years old and whom hours before his death the Spanish Justice had authorized to extradite to the United States, he would have taken his own life.

For this reason, he requested more proceedings, considering the first autopsy “incomplete”, according to his lawyer, Javier Villalba.

Given the refusal of the investigating judge, and in order to reopen the investigation, the family later filed an appeal that is still pending resolution at the Barcelona Provincial Court.

Accused in the United States of tax fraud, John McAfee made his fortune with the antivirus that bears his name in the 1980s. He later became a cryptocurrency guru and He was followed by a million people on Twitter.

He was arrested in October 2020 at the Barcelona airport after the publication by a US attorney of an indictment against him for failing to declare millions of dollars in income from the promotion of cryptocurrencies, consulting services, conferences and rights sold for a documentary about his life.

The US authorities had issued an arrest warrant through Interpol and requested his extradition for crimes that, had he been convicted, would have brought him a prison sentence. up to 30 years in prison.

Hours before his death, the Spanish justice had authorized his extradition, although he could still be appealed and had to be approved by the Catalan government.

It was not the first time that McAfee had been involved in controversy. After the mysterious murder in 2012 of his neighbor in Belize, in a case that is still unsolved, the police discovered that the computer scientist lived with a 17-year-old girl and had weapons in her house.

McAfee was on the run for months and in 2015 he was arrested in the United States for driving under the influence of drugs. In 2019 he left his country again.

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McAfee was found dead in a Catalan prison.

In just a few years, the tycoon went from being a Silicon Valley pioneer and creating one of the first antiviruses in history to leaving everything behind to immerse himself in a crazy life, with some movie spices.

Born on a US military base in the UK to an American father and a British mother, McAfee grew up in the US, although he always maintained dual nationality.

After working briefly for NASA in the late 1960s, the computer scientist went through various companies, mostly related to information technology, until founding his own antivirus company, McAfee Associates, in 1987.

With information from agencies.

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