“My husband was not suicidal, he would never take his life in this way, ever” says widow of John McAfee

Janice McAfee said her husband was not suicidal and blamed the U.S. authorities for “this tragedy” after the founder of McAfee Associates was found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona on June 23, shortly after his extradition to the U.S. was authorized by a Spanish court.

Janice McAfee and her lawyer Javier Villalba | Image via REUTERS / Albert Gea

“His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening’, those words are not words of someone who is suicidal,” the widowed wife of John McAfee said, holding back tears.

“I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy. Because of these politically motivated charges against him, my husband is now dead,” Janice McAfee said, adding that he planned to appeal against Spain’s high court ruling, published a few hours before his death, that authorised his extradition on tax evasion charges.

Just days before the antivirus pioneer’s apparent suicide, McAfee wrote that the U.S. government was determined to have him die in prison in a Father’s Day (6/20) note:

After the 75 years-old computer programmer was arrested in Barcelona on tax evasion charges in October 2020, he warned that it wouldn’t be his fault if he were to hang himself.

Lawyer Javier Villalba said the family was awaiting the results of an official autopsy, but he would request a second, independent autopsy as instructed by the McAfee family, who he said could take legal action once the investigation into the death was concluded.

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