John McAfee, antivirus software entrepreneur, found dead after extradition to U.S. cleared

John McAfee in Denver in 2016.

John McAfee, the antivirus software entrepreneur who faced extradition from Spain to the U.S. on tax-related criminal charges, was found dead, according to local reports.

According to Spanish outlet El Mundo, attempts were made to resuscitate McAfee, who was arrested at an airport in Barcelona last October. Authorities believe McAfee died by suicide.

A government official told The Associated Press McAfee had been found dead inside his cell.

Earlier in the day, Spain’s National Court approved the extradition of McAfee to the U.S., where he was wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

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Tennessee prosecutors charged 75-year-old McAfee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

The charges refer to the three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, according to the Spanish court’s ruling on Wednesday.

McAfee made his name and fortune by building a cybersecurity empire at then-McAfee Associates only to resign in 1994. In 2010, tech giant Intel acquired McAfee in a deal worth $7.68 billion.

In 2012, he was named by Belize authorities as a “‘person of interest” in the murder of his neighbor. Showtime aired the documentary “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee” in 2016 about his time in Belize.

A description of the documentary describes how McAfee “goes off the grid to live in Belize, building a compound and harem, becoming a drug lord and developing an armed security force to guard himself against the police until he is a suspect in his neighbor’s murder and must make a great escape.”

During a 2015 interview with USA TODAY, McAfee said he had spent much of the previous year escaping assassins he claimed were sent from Belize. He had since been living with his wife, Janice, in Lexington, Tennessee.

“This is a new phase in my life – getting back to building things,” McAfee says.

Jon Swartz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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