British-born U.S. technology entrepreneur John McAfee died on Wednesday by suicide in a Barcelona prison after the Spanish high court authorized his extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges, his lawyer says.
McAfee, 75, was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in his cell in Brians 2 Prison in Barcelona, with officials saying that the early investigation points to a suicide, the Catalan justice department said.
It came just hours after a Spanish court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
McAfee had lived for years on the run from U.S. authorities, some of that time aboard a megayacht.
He was indicted in Tennessee on tax evasion charges and was charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in New York.
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McAfee, who said in 2018 that he had fathered at least 47 children, lived in Belize for several years.
He fled after police sought him for questioning in the 2012 murder of a neighbor. They ultimately said he was not a suspect.