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Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in apparent suicide

By Ken Wong - on 24 Jun 2021, 10:55am

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in apparent suicide

The company he created lives on protecting PCs and mobile devices. Image source AP.

Online reports say that John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his Barcelona prison cell in an apparent suicide hours after his extradition to the United States on tax charges was approved.

Additionally, CNN said that the US Department of Justice allege that he and a business partner participated in a scheme that earned more than US$13 million by falsely promoting cryptocurrencies to unwitting investors.

The tech pioneer has been having difficulties since selling his company to Intel in 2011 for US$7.68 billion. Intel spun it off into a new company McAfee after attempts to fold it into its larger security division failed.

The AP report added that Jaime Le, a McAfee company spokesperson, said in a statement:

Although John McAfee founded the company, he has not been associated with our company in any capacity for over 25 years. That said, our thoughts go to his family and those close to him.

Before his arrest in Barcelona in October last year, McAfee had lived in Lexington, Tennessee, a rural town of about 7,800. He had moved back to the United States after spending time in Canada and Guatemala. He also left Belize where he had become a person of interest in the death of a friend.

His last tweet was a retweet of a Father’s Day message his wife had sent him on 20 June.

 

Source: AP, CNN

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