Former presidential candidate and antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison cell in a case declared to be suicide on Wednesday after previously claiming “if I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd,” according to Breitbart News.
The software magnate was arrested by Spanish authorities upon the request of the United States Department of Justice for tax evasion and Spanish authorities approved his extradition to the United States mear hours before his death.
Local news outlets have credited that impending extradition for his death, indicating that they believed the tech millionaire would prefer to die rather than go back to face charges in the United States.
McAfee, who was 75 at the time of his death, ran for president on a platform of free-market economics, free trade, foreign policy non-interventionism, the decriminalization of cannabis, and greater awareness of cyberwarfare risks to the United States, making his first attempt at the office in 2016.
The outspoken Libertarian Party candidate ran for President in 2016 and 2020 but lost out to the former Republican governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson.
Late in 2019 McAfee tweeted a photo of himself displaying a tattoo that said “$WHACKD,” and offered the following ominous message:
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself,” said McAfee in the tweet. “If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.”
In October of 2020, the Silicon Valley Pioneer made a similar statement saying “I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
I am content in here. I have friends.
The food is good. All is well.
Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 15, 2020
A mainstream newspaper in Spain, El Pais cited sources at the Spanish Department of Justice said “everything points to a suicide.”