The creator of the McAfee antivirus software was found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona due to an alleged suicide.
John McAfee died only hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the U.S to face tax charges that are punishable by decades in prison.
His legal troubles spanned from Tennessee to Central America and the Caribbean and he was detained at the Brians 2 penitentiary in northeastern Spain. Prison personnel tried to revive him before pronouncing him dead.
The prison released a statement that said, “A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death, but everything points to death by suicide.”
Although the statement did not mention him by name, it was assumed that the deceased was McAfee, for he fit the description of a 75-year-old American citizen awaiting extradition to his country. It was later confirmed that it was him via The Associated Press.
The tech giant was known for his eccentric behaviour online, illustrated by his Twitter bio that reads, “Lover of women, adventure and mystery.”
Even his Twitter header image alluded to the man’s love for conspiracy.
Because of that, internet sleuths and followers of McAfee began noticing the trail of clues McAfee left in his wake. The most notable being a 2019 tweet of a tattoo he had gotten.
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself”. I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq🙂 pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
An eerie discovery, many people believe McAfee did not actually die by suicide but he was murdered. From the tweet, it seemed that there were people targeting the antivirus pioneer. He even prophesied his own death by saying, “If I suicide myself (sic), I didn’t. I was whackd.”
Whacked is a term used by the mafia to indicate an assassination.
Another shocking discovery was a tweet he made in prison on October 2020. He even mentioned Jeffery Epstein, who also allegedly died from suicide in prison after a tumultuous manhunt against him that spanned decades.
I am content in here. I have friends.
The food is good. All is well.
Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 15, 2020
Being a rich and powerful man who most likely knew a few damning secrets that could potentially topple corporate elites, the conspiracy surrounding his sudden death didn’t seem very unlikely.
Several of his acquaintances even came forward to deny McAfee ever took his own life.
— Jim Osman (@EdgeCGroup) June 23, 2021
To top it all off, just minutes after his death was announced, someone had posted a giant ‘Q’ image onto his Instagram account. As of now, McAfee’s Instagram is currently unavailable and people suspect that it was deactivated to prevent any further investigation by the public.
At the time of writing, the news of his death is still fresh and nobody really knows what happened with him during his last few moments alive.
The claims made by the public are all considered speculation and conspiracy but damn, with all those clues, there is definitely something awry with McAfee.
To learn more about McAfee, who’s dubbed “the craziest man in tech”, check out the documentary Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee on Netflix. Watch the trailer below: