On Saturday, July 17, the widow of the famous antivirus developer John McAfee took to social media in defense of her late husband.
McAfee passed away on June 23. He was 75 years old at the time of his death. When he died he was being held in the Brians 2 prison in Catalunya, Spain. He had been arrested in Barcelona in October 2020. In March 2020, he had been charged by federal officials. They alleged that John McAfee had not filed tax returns from 2014-2018. He also faced charges in New York. There, he was accused of being involved in a cryptocurrency fraud case.
McAfee reportedly died by suicide in that Spanish prison. The alleged suicide took place soon after he became aware that Spain’s highest court had agreed to extradite him to the United States.
According to The Daily Mail, since his June 2021 death a report said that McAfee was suicidal because he had lost his fortune. That fortune was estimated to be $100 million.
Taking to Twitter over the weekend, John McAfee’s widow, Janice, claimed that her late husband was not suicidal about reportedly losing his fortune. She claimed that at the time he died he “never felt more free.”
She also said that John McAfee was not trying to hide the loss of his fortune before his death. Janice also believes it is possible that his death was not a suicide.
“This is hardly news. John spoke about being broke numerous times in interviews as well as tweeting about it. This was not John’s first time being without money & he was not suicidal because of it. Actually it was quite the opposite. He never felt more free. #JusticeForJohnMcAfee,” Janice McAfee posted. Her post was a response to an article published by The Daily Mail.
John McAfee Tweeted About His Finances Days Before His Death in Prison on June 23
In the days before his death on June 23, antivirus software pioneer John McAfee shared details about his finances via Twitter. He did so on June 16 – one week before his reported suicide in a Spanish jail.
“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. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing,” he tweeted.
Whether this tweet is factually accurate or not is up for debate. Some believe, according to The Daily Mail, that this social media message was meant to help John McAfee keep his wealth – if he still had it – a secret from the United States government. It is believed that the government would seize assets he had as part of the charges against him for tax evasion if he was found guilty.
On the other hand, a man hired to write a biography of McAfee has claimed that McAfee was broke. That person is author Mark Eglinton. According to this author, John McAfee told him that the $100 million he got from selling McAfee antivirus “goes very quickly.”
“Rather than pretend he didn’t have it, I think he was pretending he did,” Eglinton also said.