John McAfee called jail a 'horror' days before death: 'There is much sorrow in prison'

'I'm old and content with food and a bed but for the young prison is a horror - a reflection of the minds of those who conceived them,' he had shared in June


                            John McAfee called jail a 'horror' days before death: 'There is much sorrow in prison'
John McAfee was found dead in his cell in Spain, hours after his extradition to the United States had been authorized (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Antivirus software creator, John McAfee was found dead in his cell in Spain, on Wednesday, June 23, hours after the country’s national court authorized his extradition to the United States, where he was wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, confirmed a report in El País that McAfee had been found dead in the Brians 2 prison near Barcelona, on Wednesday, June 23. In a statement, the Catalan justice department said that prison officers and medics had tried to save the life of a 75-year-old man but had been unsuccessful. After attempts to save him failed, he was pronounced dead. “Judicial staff have been dispatched to the prison and are investigating the causes of death,” the statement said, adding: “Everything points to death by suicide.” Tennessee prosecutors charged the 75-year-old with evading taxes after failing to report income made from cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

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Now one of McAfee's tweets, which he posted on June 10, 2021, is making rounds on the Internet. Describing his life in the jail, he tweeted, "There is much sorrow in prison, disguised as hostility. The sorrow is plainly visible even in the most angry faces. I'm old and content with food and a bed but for the young prison is a horror - a reflection of the minds of those who conceived them." 



 

On June 16, 2021, he tweeted, "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."



 

 

McAfee was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona’s international airport as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition.

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