Widow Says Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Wasn’t Suicidal
Widow of John McAfee, the US-British tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week pending his extradition to the US, says her husband was not suicidal when she last spoke to him
SANT ESTEVE SESROVIRES, Spain – The widow of John McAfee, the Anglo-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week pending his extradition to the United States, said on Friday that her husband was not suicidal when she told him last spoke a few hours ago. he was found dead.
Spanish authorities are performing an autopsy on McAfee’s body, but said everything at the scene in his cell indicated that the 75-year-old had committed suicide.
“Her last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,” “Janice McAfee told reporters outside Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona, ââwhere she collected the affairs of her late husband.
“These words are not the words of someone who is suicidal,” she added, demanding a “full investigation” in her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday.
John McAfee was arrested at Barcelona Airport in October last year on a warrant issued by Tennessee prosecutors seeking up to three decades in jail for allegedly evading more than $ 4 million in taxes .
The day before his death, the Spanish National Court announced that it accepted his extradition to the United States, but the decision was not final.
“We already had an action plan to appeal this decision,” Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters. âI blame the American authorities for this tragedy: because of these politically motivated accusations against him, my husband is now dead. “
McAfee’s autopsy results could take “days or weeks,” authorities said.
The couple reportedly met in 2012 in Miami and married the following year. John McAfee had several children from previous relationships, Janice McAfee said.
The entrepreneur had no connection with the companies that took over the antivirus software he created after selling his stock in the 1990s. This early success had made McAfee wealthy and followed him in his troubled biography.
In 2012, he was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor in Belize, but was never charged with a felony. Controversy did not stop him from running long runs for the US presidency from 2016.
But it was his more recent tax woes that kept him away from the United States, the country where the British-born entrepreneur grew up and built his first success story.
Tennessee prosecutors’ indictments from 2020 showed the mogul allegedly failed to report income generated from promoting cryptocurrencies, attending speaking engagements, and selling the rights to a documentary about his life eventful.
âEven though he was born in England, America was his home,â Janice McAfee said. âHe came there when he was a kid. He had his first girlfriend there, his first business, you know, his first job. He made his first millions there and he wanted to be there. But, you know, the policy just wouldn’t allow that to happen. â
John McAfee’s social media posts indicated that he had chosen a resort town in northeastern Spain as his base in Europe at least since late 2019.
“All John wanted to do was spend his last years fishing and drinking,” his widow said Friday. “He was hoping things would work out. We knew there would be an uphill battle to keep fighting this situation. But he’s a fighter … And anyone who knows John, who knows him even a little, knows that. about her.”
âHe was so loving. He had a big heart and he just loved people and he just wanted to have peace in his life, “added Janice McAfee.” My prayers are that his soul will find peace in death that he could not find in life. “
Parra reported from Madrid.