John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax charges punishable by decades in prison, authorities said.
McAfee was arrested in October at a Barcelona airport and was being held in custody until the extradition matter was resolved, according to AP.
According to the indictment, from 2014 to 2018, McAfee “allegedly failed to file tax returns, despite receiving considerable income from these sources.” He also allegedly attempted to evade the IRS by concealing assets, including real property, a vehicle and a yacht, in the names of others, according to the indictment.
Authorities are investigating the cause of death.
Born in England’s Gloucestershire in 1945 as John David McAfee, he started McAfee Associates in 1987 and led an eccentric life after selling his stake in the antivirus software company named after him in the early 1990s.
McAfee twice made long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency and was a participant in Libertarian Party presidential debates in 2016. He dabbled in yoga, ultralight aircraft and producing herbal medications.