Autopsy results confirm that controversial tech tycoon John McAfee took his own life inside a prison cell while awaiting extradition to the US.
Newly released autopsy results confirm that controversial tech tycoon John McAfee took his own life inside a Spanish prison cell while awaiting extradition to the US.
The preliminary coroner’s report confirms the initial determination by local authorities that his cause of death was suicide, the Spanish-language newspaper El Pais reported on Monday.
However, McAfee’s family has questioned that claim, and has requested a second and independent autopsy, El Pais said.
But sources close to the case revealed earlier on Monday that McAfee had a suicide note in his pocket when guards found him and tried to revive him, according to reports.
The source did not reveal the contents of the note.
The 75-year-old’s body was found in the Barcelona prison on Wednesday, just hours after a Spanish court ruled he would be extradited to the US to face tax evasion charges.
A frequent tweeter, McAfee had long claimed that US officials were out to kill him and would make it look like a suicide — and even had a tattoo that read, “$WHACKD.”
In a cryptic post on Twitter last year, he quipped, “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine” — a reference to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, took his own life in a New York prison while awaiting trial for sex-trafficking.
McAfee fuelled even more conspiracy theories when a mysterious post on his Instagram account — with just the letter Q — popped up hours after his death.
He had not used the account since he was jailed but had referenced QAnon on Twitter in earlier posts. QAnon followers believe a cabal of Satanic cannibalistic paedophiles run the US government.
McAfee had been jailed at the Brians 2 prison since October while a Spanish tribunal considered whether to honour the extradition order.
Federal prosecutors in Tennessee had issued a warrant for McAfee, alleging that he dodged more than $4 million in taxes.
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