His death comes after a Spanish court ruled he would be extradited to the U.S. on tax-evasion charges. The U.S. government wanted McAfee for failing to submit tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and allegedly not reporting income related to pushing crypto projects and consulting work.
The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 16, 2021
I have nothing.
Yet, I regret nothing.
**One interesting note is that people close to McAfee have said that he was not suicidal, and two years ago, he tweeted out, “If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd.”**
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: "We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself". I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq:) pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
**Who was John McAfee**
John McAfee was 75 years old when he died. In 1987 he founded McAfee Associates, Inc., which sold the first antivirus software on the market. He has since gone on and founded other technology companies such as Tribal Voice and QuorumEx. He also ran for president of the United States as a libertarian candidate.
McAfee had his fair bit of controversy. In 2012 he was named as the lead suspect in the murder of Gregory Faull. Faull allegedly was murdered in the nation of Belize at the direction of McAfee. McAfee later faked a heart attack to flee Belize and return to the U.S. He was never criminally charged for the murder.
McAfee has also been an outspoken supporter of Bitcoin. In 2017 he predicted that Bitcoin would reach $500,000 by the end of 2020. He later doubled down on his prediction and said Bitcoin would reach $1 million by 2021. He made this prediction while betting that if Bitcoin didn’t hit the $500,000 price, he would “eat [his] dick on national television.”
The crypto community has been greatly saddened by the news of McAfee’s death. May he rest in peace.