John McAfee, the developer of antivirus software, was discovered dead in a Spanish prison.

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John McAfee, the developer of antivirus software, was discovered dead in a Spanish prison.

A government official told The Associated Press that John McAfee, the founder of the McAfee antivirus program, was found dead in his cell at a jail near Barcelona.

A Spanish court had given a preliminary judgement in favor of his extradition to the US to face tax-related criminal accusations just hours before.

According to a statement from the regional Catalan government, security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary outside the north-eastern Spanish city tried to resuscitate McAfee, who was 75, but the jail’s medical team eventually certified his dead.

The US tycoon was not named in the announcement, but it did say he was a 75-year-old US citizen who was awaiting extradition to the country.

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