John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish Court ruled in favor of his extradition to US
The Catalan justice department has reportedly confirmed that John McAfee was found dead in prison.
McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona, the Catalan justice department reportedly said, noting that everything points to death by suicide.
The Spanish high court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of McAfee’s extradition to the U.S. to face tax-related criminal charges, Just an hours before the death report.
The prison surveillance professionals, who found him dead in his cell, and the prison medical services intervened to perform resuscitation but they were unable to revive him, according to the report from El Pais.
The Associated Press reported that a statement from the regional Catalan government confirmed that the jail’s medical team finally certified his death.
However, the publication noted, “The statement didn’t identify the U.S. tycoon by name but said he was a 75-year-old U.S. citizen awaiting extradition to the country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.”
McAfee was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona–El Prat Airport when he was leaving for Turkey.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged on him with fraudulently pumping initial coin offerings (ICOs) and was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for “tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns,” fraud, and money laundering conspiracy crimes.
Last week, he said that all of his assets are seized by the SEC and he had no hidden cryptocurrency.