John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide on Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax evasion charges.
The controversial figure in the tech world was discovered at the Brians 2 penitentiary in northeastern Spain.
Security personnel tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.
McAfee was born in Gloucestershire, England, He first came to prominence in the 1980s when he founded his tech company and later released McAfee VirusScan.
A statement from the Catalan Justice Department said “A judicial delegation arrived to investigate the causes of death,” it said, adding that “everything points to death by suicide.”
McAfee was arrested in Spain in October of 2020 at Barcelona’s international airport after being indicted in the United States for tax evasion months earlier.
Authorities in the U.S say he failed to file taxes for four years despite earning millions in income between 2014 and 2018 from promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.