John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The post, which depicts a black, capital-letter "Q" on a white background, went up less than a half hour after English-language news services began reporting Mr McAfee's death.
Spain's National Court earlier on Wednesday said it had approved his extradition to the United States. The criminal charges carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
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"There is much sorrow in prison, disguised as hostility", McAfee recently wrote on his Twitter account.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a Spanish court had ruled in favor of his extradition to the usa just hours before he was found dead. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition.
During a court hearing in Madrid last week, he argued that the tax fraud charges filed against him were linked to his failed presidential run in 2020 as a libertarian candidate. "I wish I did" he said. He claimed he has paid millions in dollar as taxes to United States govt.
"A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death", the statement said, adding that "Everything points to death by suicide".
The entrepreneur, who was the created of the McAfee antivirus software, was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona's global airport.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement: 'As alleged, McAfee and Watson exploited a widely used social media platform and enthusiasm among investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception'.
Watson was arrested in Texas in October. He fought for other people's rights and liberties, and he is entitled to and looks forward to his day in court to exercise some of those very rights'.