Controversial mogul and antivirus pioneer John McAfee on Wednesday died by suicide in a jail cell in Barcelona, hours after reports that he would be extradited to face federal charges in the U.S.
McAfee was 75. He is said to have died by hanging “as his nine months in prison brought him to despair,” according to McAfee’s lawyer Javier Villalba, Reuters reported. Security personnel at the Brians 2 prison tried to revive McAfee, but he was eventually declared dead, per Associated Press.
News of his death comes after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the U.S. to face federal criminal tax evasion charges.
McAfee worked for NASA, Xerox, and Lockheed Martin before launching the world’s first commercial antivirus software in 1987. He later resigned from the namesake security firm in 1994.
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