What did John McAfee's suicide note say? Antivirus founder's wife insists he wasn't suicidal
John McAfee's death in a Barcelona jail on June 23 has sparked a major controversy. He died by hanging in his cell hours after Spain confirmed his extradition to the US. His ex-prostitute wife Janice had made an alarming tweet three days before he committed suicide. It said the US authorities wanted her husband to die in prison. An investigation was initiated into McAfee's death right after news of the software entrepreneur's demise broke and made waves across the world. The latest development reveals he left a suicide note in his pocket that he allegedly penned before hanging from the noose but Janice insists her husband wasn't suicidal and the letter might be fake.
A couple of years ago McAfee made a tweet that said he's not someone who would ever commit suicide. He had tweeted a photograph of his arm tattoo that said '$WHACKD' and the caption read, “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself. I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm”. This tweet went viral after his death and a number of conspiracy theories followed one of which link tycoon to the Surfside building collapse.
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Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: "We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself". I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq:) pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
What did John McAfee write in his suicide note?
Speaking to an outlet, an official source with knowledge of McAfee's death investigation revealed that a suicide note was found in the entrepreneur's pocket. However, the contents of the letter remain private as the source was not authorized to reveal any further information due to an ongoing judicial inquiry. Lawyer Javier Villalba said McAfee's family was kept in the dark about the suicide note by authorities. Janice has demanded a "thorough investigation" after news of the note got out.
Janice told reporters she finds it impossible that her husband died of suicide outside Brians 2 penitentiary in Barcelona while picking up her late husband's belongings. “His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,’” she said insisting her husband wasn't suicidal. “Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,” she added. Janice once again said US authorities needed to be held accountable for the death of her husband, similar to what she mentioned in her tweet. “I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead.”
Currently, authorities are conducting an autopsy on McAfee's body and the results could take "days or weeks". The US State Department addressed Janice's claims about 'politically motivated charges' against McAfee. In an email statement, the department said, “We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate assistance to the family. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Speaking about her husband, McAfee's widow further said, “He was just so loving. He had a big heart and he just loved people and he just wanted to have peace in his life. My prayers are that his soul has found the peace in death that he could not find in life."