McAfee founder John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison after court approves his extradition to US

John McAfee founder, businessman and anti-virus creator John McAfee has been found dead in a prison cell in Barcelona, Spain. It is assumed that he committed suicide.

A few hours earlier, the National Court of Spain approved his extradition to the U.S. on charges of tax evasion.

As reported by El Pais, 75-year-old McAfee was found in his cell in a prison located in the suburbs of Barcelona. Medics tried to resuscitate him, but without success.

The Department of Justice in Catalonia said that from all indications, McAfee had committed suicide.

McAfee founder John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison after court approves his extradition to US

McAfee was a colorful and controversial figure in the IT world. First and foremost, he was famous for being the first company in the world to release an antivirus program for commercial use.

The success of McAfee VirusScan helped fuel the development of other companies in this field, whose combined value today is estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars. In 2010, John McAfee sold the company he founded to Intel Corporation for $7.6 billion.