John McAfee, the tech innovator whose name is synonymous with antivirus software, committed suicide on Wednesday hours after a court approved his extradition from Spain to face U.S. tax evasion charges, officials said.
McAfee was found dead in his cell in Barcelona, following the Spanish High Court’s preliminary ruling for his removal to the United States, a spokeswoman for the Catalonia court told NBC News.
McAfee’s attorney, Nishay K. Sanan, said in a statement, “John was and will always be remembered as a fighter.”
“He tried to love this country but the US government made it impossible for him to exist,” Sanan said. “They tried to erase it but they failed.”
Guards at Brians 2 Penitentiary found McAfee unconscious and the prison medical team certified his death, according to a statement from the Catalan regional government.
McAfee’s lawyer told Reuters the 75-year-old hanged himself in his cell.
The accused tax evader was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020 and has since been fighting to be returned to the United States, telling Spanish authorities he was being targeted for political reasons.
He still had the option of appealing the court’s extradition authorization.
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The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.