A Spanish court has ruled that tech titan John McAfee died by suicide, following an inquest prompted by his family’s questions regarding his jailhouse death. McAfee, the software pioneer and former third-party candidate for US president, died in a Spanish jail in 2021 while awaiting extradition to the US on tax evasion charges. Authorities had already ruled his death as a suicide, but his family disagreed and requested a more detailed investigation.
McAfee’s body remains unclaimed in a Spanish morgue. The 75-year-old developer of the first commercial anti-virus software had a tumultuous last few years, involving global travels and immersion in the cryptocurrency and conspiracy worlds. McAfee’s widow, Janice, expressed her difficulty in describing the past year’s events on Twitter.
Prior to his death, McAfee had faced legal troubles in Belize, where he was declared a person of interest in the killing of American Gregory Faull. Although he was never charged in that case, Belize authorities actively sought him. McAfee lost a wrongful death suit in Florida brought by Faull’s family, who were awarded $25 million but never received the funds.
The Spanish authorities’ ruling stated, “There is not a single element of suspicion, of a charge against a third party, of criminal behavior,” according to Reuters. However, McAfee had previously claimed that he was not suicidal and warned that he would be “whacked” if he died.
While the legal deliberations continue, McAfee’s family persists in their demand for answers surrounding his death.