McAfee, who rose to global fame for his wildly successful anti-virus software, was found dead by Spanish prison guards in Barcelona. McAfee was being held in Spain while awaiting extradition to the United States to stand trial on tax evasion charges.
In addition to tax-evasion charges, McAfee recently ran afoul of the SEC. On October 5, 2020, The Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against McAfee and several associates for “promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to his Twitter followers without disclosing that he was paid to do so. McAfee’s bodyguard, Jimmy Watson, Jr., was also charged for his role in the alleged scheme.”
The Catalan justice department released a statement saying that all signs point to suicide. The McAfee case and alleged suicide follow a number of high-profile suicides while in custody. Other high-profile jailhouse suicides include Aaron Hernandez and Jeffrey Epstein.
It is worth considering, that McAfee addressed the possibility of dying in custody by tweeting the following statement in 2020:
“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
While the Catalan authorities have not specifically addressed the aforementioned statement by McAfee that appears to call into question the circumstances of his demise, a full investigation is underway.