SANT ESTEVE SESROVIRES, Spain – The widow of John McAfee, the Anglo-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week pending his extradition to the United States, said on Friday that her husband was not suicidal when she told him last spoken a few hours before he was found dead.
“Her last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,” “Janice McAfee told reporters outside Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona, where she collected the affairs of her late husband.
“These words are not the words of someone who is suicidal,” she added in her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday.
Spanish authorities are performing an autopsy on McAfee’s body, but said everything at the scene indicated the 75-year-old had committed suicide.
John McAfee was arrested at Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by Tennessee prosecutors for allegedly evading more than $ 4 million in taxes. Hours before he was found dead, the Spanish National Court accepted his extradition to the United States, but the decision was not final.
“We were prepared for this decision and already had an action plan in place to appeal this decision,” Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters. “I blame the American authorities for this tragedy: because of these politically motivated accusations against him, my husband is now dead. “
McAfee’s autopsy results could take “days or weeks,” authorities said.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME at 741741, or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.