John McAfee dead latest: Antivirus software creator had history of drug use before his death in prison on tax charges

BEFORE antivirus pioneer John McAfee reportedly killed himself after he was set to be extradited to the United States, he lived a live filled with drugs, sex, and guns.

The 75-year-old tech mogul took his own life in a prison in Barcelona, according to local paper El Pais.

Before his 2019 arrest, he was known for dropping acid before work, which turned into line of coccaine, as well visiting his many global properties and opening up a "sex yoga ashram school" and living in a harem with seven women.

On one harrowing occasion, McAfee snorted an entire bag of a psychedelic powder called DMT. He was found hiding behind a rubbish bin, convinced he could hear voices.

McAfee also bought a luxury yacht, started injecting testosterone in his bum to keep up with his young lovers and eventually married a prostitute — although he refused to use porn sites due to the virus risk.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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  • Julia Fields

    ANTIBIOTICS COMPANY IN BELIZE

    Although it was meant to be an escape from business, he ended up starting an antibiotics company within a few months of moving there.

    At some point during this time he began posting on drug-taking message boards about attempts to purify the compounds within bath salts.

    But his business venture turned to ruin when local cops raided the property in search of evidence of drug-making.

    They found a cache of weapons, £15,000 in cash and some legal drug-making equipment, shot a dog, handcuffed four security guards and arrested McAfee – but they found nothing to pin on him.

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    AEROTREKKING INCIDENT 'KILLED HIS NEPHEW'

    It also helped him indulge his hobby of aerotrekking – flying unlicensed microlight aircraft at low altitude and breakneck speeds.

    Having gained a harem of female followers at a sex yoga ashram he established, according to Vice, McAfee then used fake social media accounts to try to boost the sport's popularity.

    But, entangled in a lawsuit over a flying accident which killed his nephew, the increasingly wacky McAfee fed the press stories about being wiped out by the financial crisis 2007-08, sold all his property at bargain prices and headed for the Central American jungle.

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    'HEDONISTIC LIFESTYLE'

    The millions he made from the sale of his stake in McAfee Associates, a revolutionary computer antivirus company, allowed him to enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle.

    The money funded an opulent playboy existence which included buying homes in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

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    WHERE WAS MCAFEE FROM?

    Having been born on a US Army base in the UK, McAfee had both American and British citizenship.

    He was born in Gloucestershire, England, and raised in Virginia.

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    REFUGE IN LONDON AND PARIS

    Days later he claimed to have sought refuge in London and Paris.

    McAfee tweeted a picture claiming that he and his wife, Janice McAfee were sitting in a London restaurant.

    He then wrote: "On the move again. The long arm of the U.S. is reaching for us here in London.

    "Thank God it's a weekend. Government bureaucracy paperwork is stalled until tomorrow morning.

    "We are never stalled. Will update you soon."

    Four hours later, in a tweet he had stamped as having been sent from Paris, he posted pictures of himself and his wife with two other men in a hotel room, and wrote: "The bad guys never came close.

    "We are out of England now and on our way to complete safety."

    His location at the time that any of the tweets were published were not independently verified.

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    SUSPECTED OF BEING ON YACHT WITH 'HIGH-CALIBER WEAPONS'

    In January 2019, McAfee claimed to be living internationally on a boat.

    Later that year, in July, he was released from detention in the Dominican Republic after he and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear.

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    MCAFEE TWEETS ABOUT NOT RESPONDING TO A SINGLE LAWSUIT FOR 11 YEARS

    A Florida court ordered McAfee in 2019 to pay $25million to Faull's estate in a wrongful death claim.

    However he refused to pay it, writing on Twitter that he has not responded to "a single one of my 37 lawsuits for the past 11 years".

    McAfee claimed to have no assets, writing that the order was a "mute point" an apparent misspelling of 'moot'.

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    PRIME MINISTER EXPRESSED CONCERNS FOR MCAFEE'S 'MENTAL STATE'

    Then-Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed doubts about McAfee's mental state, saying: "I don't want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers."

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    WHAT HAPPENED TO MCAFEE'S NEIGHBOR IN BELIZE?

    Gregory Faull was shot to death in early November 2012 on the island in Belize where both men lived.

    Faull, a wealthy American, was found in his home with a single gunshot to the head and bearing signs of having been tortured with a taser.

    He is reported to have been in an earlier dispute with McAfee about noise made by McAfee's dogs, and to have told another neighbor he was going to "take matters into his own hands".

    Four of McAfee's dogs were subsequently poisoned.

    McAfee then fled to Guatemala after being questioned by police, and was later deported back to the United States.

    He later claimed he had been forced to flee because Belize authorities were trying to kill him.

    But Belizean cops denied that, saying they were simply investigating a crime about which McAfee may have had information.

  • Julia Fields

    MCAFEE WAS 'ALONE' IN MOMENT OF DEATH

    A penitentiary source told AP that McAfee was sharing a cell in the Brians 2 jail where he had been put in preventive detention since he was arrested in October last year on a US warrant, but that at the moment of his death he had been alone.

  • Julia Fields

    SEVEN OUT OF TEN CHARGES WERE DROPPED

    Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled that McAfee should be extradited to the US to face charges for evading more than $4million in the fiscal years 2016 to 2018.

    The judge dropped seven of the 10 counts in the initial indictment.

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    LAWYER BLAMES DEATH ON 'CRUELTY OF THE SYSTEM'

    Although Villalba said that he had no evidence of any foul play, he blamed the death on "the cruelty of the system" for keeping a 75-year-old behind bars for economic and not blood-related crimes after judges refused to release him on bail.

    "We had managed to nullify seven of the 10 counts he was accused of and even so he was still that dangerous person who could be fleeing Spain if he was released?" the lawyer said. "He was a world eminence, where could he hide?"

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    MCAFEE 'DIDN'T SAY GOODBYE' TO FAMILY

    McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, said the entrepreneur’s death had come as a surprise to his wife and other relatives, adding he would seek to get “to the bottom” of his client’s death.

    "This has been like pouring cold water on the family and on his defense team," Villalba told The Associated Press on Thursday. "Nobody expected it, he had not said goodbye."

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    WHAT WAS MCAFEE CHARGED WITH?

    His full slew of charges were:

    • conspiracy to commit commodities and securities fraud
    • conspiracy to commit securities and touting fraud
    • wire fraud conspiracy and substantive wire fraud
    • money laundering conspiracy offenses stemming from two schemes relating to the fraudulent promotion to investors of cryptocurrencies qualifying under federal law as commodities or securities

    If convicted, McAfee would have faced up to 60 years in prison.

    MCAFEE THOUGHT US OFFICIALS WERE 'COMING' FOR HIM

    In a 2019 tweet, McAfee said if he was ever found dead, it wasn't suicide.

    "Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: 'We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself,'" McAfee tweeted.

    "I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm," he went on.

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      HOW DID MCAFEE GAIN HIS FORTUNE?

      John McAfee was born in 1945 on a US Army base in Britain, before being raised in Virginia.

      After working as a programmer and software designer for several companies, including NASA, he began to develop software to combat viruses.

      In 1987, he founded McAfee Associates, a computer antivirus company.

      Eventually, Intel bought McAfee and changed the name of the branding – something McAfee expressed pleasure over.

      In August 2009, The New York Times reported that his personal fortune had fallen to $4million from $100million.

      He moved to Belize and wanted to find medicinal uses for plants on his land.

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      MCAFEE SMILED FROM HIS CELL

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      'EPSTEIN' TRENDING ON TWITTER AFTER MCAFEE'S DEATH

      "Epstein" was trending on Twitter after McAfee's death led many to suspect he did not commit suicide.

      "John McAfee got Epstein'd. RIP," one person said.

      "McAfee and Epstein didn’t kill themselves," another added.

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      MCAFEE ONCE SUGGESTED THAT JEFFREY EPSTEIN IS STILL ALIVE

      In a 2019 Instagram post, McAfee suggested that Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself.

      "I never said Jeffrey Epstein was murdered. I said he didn't commit suicide. Not the same. Could be alive. Could have never existed. Maybe murdered. I dunno. I only know he didn't commit suicide," McAfee said in the post.

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      JOHN MCAFEE REMEMBERED AS 'INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT' ON TWITTER

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      ECCENTRIC MCAFEE WORE THONG AS A MASK

      McAfee was known as outlandish and eccentric.

      In August 2020, he claimed that he was arrested in Norway for refusing to replace a lace thong on his face with a medical mask.

      After a series of tweets claiming he had been arrested, given a black eye, and later released, McAfee said the whole scheme was a prank.

      “The MSM fact checks stories? Nope!” he wrote on Twitter.

      "Many news outlets reported ‘Norway’ as the location of my arrest. Just ’cause I said so. Wow!” 

      McAfee posed with his wifeCredit: Twitter
    • Katie Balevic

      MCAFEE WAS 'A FIGHTER'

      McAfee was found dead in his cell in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday mere hours after he was approved for extradition to America.

      He was 75.

      "This man was a fighter. And in the minds of everyone who knew him, he will always be a fighter," McAfee's lawyer, Nishay Sanan, said to NPR.

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      GOVERNMENT WAS 'TRYING TO ERASE' MCAFEE, ATTORNEY SAID

      McAfee's lawyer, Nishay Sanan, said his client intended to fight the tax evasion charges, as well as the SEC lawsuit.

      Sanan repeated the late McAfee's claims that he was being targeted by the United States government.

      "This is again the U.S. government trying to erase John McAfee. And that's what it's always going to be," Sanan said to NPR.

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      MCAFEE INVESTIGATED FOR 'PUMP AND DUMP SCHEME'

      In a separate investigation from his tax evasion charges, McAfee was the subject of a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

      NPR reports that the SEC alleged that McAfee made $23million from a "pump and dump scheme" from pushing cryptocurrencies on his social media.

      In the suit, filed in October 2020, the SEC said: "McAfee's recommendations were materially false and misleading."

    • Katie Balevic

      WHEN WAS MCAFEE ARRESTED?

      McAfee was arrested in October of 2020 because he had not filed tax returns from 2014 to 2018, according to NPR.

      He bragged about not paying taxes in 2019, when he tweeted that "taxation is illegal" and that he "paid tens of millions already and received Jack Shit in services," among other things.

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