John McAfee’s widow says that the antivirus magnate, who died in a Spanish jail, was not suicidal

John McAfee
John McAfee’s widow said he wanted to spend his remaining years fishing and drinking.”

  • John McAfee’s widow said he wasn’t suicidal when she last spoke to him hours before his death.
  • Spanish authorities are conducting an autopsy but indicated that evidence suggests it was a suicide.
  • Janice McAfee told reporters Friday that he “would never take his life in this way.”
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The widow of John McAfee, the British-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week while awaiting extradition to the US, said Friday that her husband was not suicidal when she last spoke to him hours before he was found dead.

“He would never quit this way, he would never take his life in this way,” Janice McAfee told reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary where she recovered her late husband’s belongings. “I don’t believe he did this. I want answers, I will get answers, of how this was able to happen.”

“His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,'” she said in her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday. “Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,”

Authorities in Spain are conducting an autopsy on McAfee’s body but have indicated that everything at the scene indicated that the 75-year-old killed himself.

John McAfee was arrested at the Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee for allegedly evading more than $4 million in taxes. Hours before he was found dead, Spain’s National Court agreed to his extradition to the US but the decision was not final.

“We were prepared for that decision and had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision,” Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters. “I blame the US authorities for this tragedy. Because of these politically motivated charges against him, my husband is now dead.”

“All John wanted to do was spend his remaining years fishing and drinking,” she added. “He did not deserve to die in a filthy prison like a caged animal.”

Results of McAfee’s autopsy could take “days or weeks,” authorities have said.

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