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John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

23 Jun 2021 : 20:59
2 min read
  • Spanish media reports that John McAfee has been found dead
  • The cause of death has not yet been officially determined
  • He was suspected of making millions by promoting ICO'S on his Twitter in 2017

Spanish media reports that John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software company and controversial cryptocurrency advocate and promoter, has been found dead.

The cause of death has not been officially determined

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, citing the Generalitat’s Department of Justice, McAfee was discovered in his cell at Brians 2 Penitentiary Center in Barcelona, and efforts to revive him were futile. Although the cause of death has not yet been officially determined, various reports suggest it was an attempted suicide. He died at the age of 75.

McAfee was set to be extradited to the United States on tax evasion charges after a Spanish judge approved the move Wednesday. According to the 75-year-old McAfee, the allegations were politically motivated, because they were related to his political ambitions

McAfee was known to also be involved in crypto 

Unrelated to the tax charges, McAfee was fined last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission for advertising fees in connection with initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) sued McAfee earlier this year for allegedly engaging in “pump and dump” operations in the cryptocurrency market. He was suspected of making millions by promoting these ICO’S on his Twitter in 2017.

He would also have withheld possessions, including real estate, a yacht and a car. In those years, McAfee is said to have made millions of dollars.

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Stan Colenbrander

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Stan is the head of news and podcast host at Cryptonary. He was formerly a member of the Cryptonary Pro community. In early 2021, he decided to drop out of journalism school at university to pursue journalism in real life and make an impact in the crypto space. . His areas of interest include the NFT industry, decentralised finance, and crypto start-ups.

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