Despite making millions from consultancy work, cryptocurrency, etc, John McAfee was accused of intentionally failing to submit tax returns between 2014 and 2018. McAfee Corp. was formed by John McAfee in 1987, and since then it dominated the antivirus market
John McAfee was a genius cryptocurrency proponent, tax opponent, tech entrepreneur, US presidential contender, and fugitive, among other things.
Before creating the world’s first commercial anti-virus in 1987, McAfee worked for NASA, Xerox, and Lockheed Martin. In 2011, he sold his software firm to Intel and no longer worked for the company. His name is still on the software, which has 500 million daily active users. McAfee had become a self-styled bitcoin guru, claiming to make $2,000 each day, after amassing a fortune in the 1980s with antivirus software. Following that, his life became a tangle of issues involving drugs, firearms, and even murder.
Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee was a 2016 documentary film about McAfee’s turbulent life.
The documentary throws light on McAfee’s time in Belize, a Central American country. In 2008, he relocated to Belize. National police searched McAfee’s estate in April 2012 on suspicion of narcotics manufacturing and trafficking. Later that year, McAfee’s next-door neighbor Greg Faull was killed, prompting McAfee to flee to Guatemala before being deported back to the United States. According to the documentary, McAfee was engaged in the murder because he and Faull had a quarrel over McAfee’s dogs.
The corpse of McAfee was discovered in the Brians 2 prison in northeastern Spain. John McAfee’s lawyer informed Reuters that he hung himself in his prison cell in Spain on Wednesday, 23rd June after the Spanish high court approved his deportation to the United States on tax evasion allegations. According to a declaration from the regional Catalan government, security officers attempted to resuscitate him, but the jail’s medical staff eventually declared his death.
McAfee had been jailed in Spain after being apprehended at Barcelona airport in October 2020, just as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul. He might have faced up to 30 years in jail if convicted.
Just hours ago, Spain’s National Court decided in favor of extraditing the 75-year-old. The court’s decision was subject to appeal, and any final extradition order would have to be approved by the Spanish Panel.
McAfee’s post from December 2019 became popular on social media shortly after his death. McAfee had shared a photo of his tattoo on his right arm, saying
On Twitter, McAfee had over one million followers and characterised himself as a “lover of women, adventure, and mystery.”
He said in a tweet on June 16 that US agents suspected him of having “hidden crypto.”
He said, “I wish I did”. ” My remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing, “On Twitter, he stated.