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Lawyer says dying of McAfee stunned the US mogul’s household

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MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain say {that a} choose has ordered an post-mortem on the stays of John McAfee, the gun-loving antivirus pioneer, cryptocurrency promoter and occasional politician who died in a cell pending extradition to the US for allegedly evading thousands and thousands in unpaid taxes.

A court docket spokeswoman for the Catalonia area mentioned Thursday {that a} forensic workforce would wish to carry out toxicology checks on McAfee’s physique to find out the reason for dying and that outcomes may take “days or perhaps weeks.”

Authorities have mentioned that all the things on the scene indicated that the 75-year-old tycoon killed himself.

The judicial investigation is being dealt with by a court docket in Martorell, a city northwest of Barcelona with jurisdiction over the jail the place McAfee died. The spokeswoman wasn’t approved to be recognized by title in media reviews.

McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, mentioned the entrepreneur’s dying had come as a shock to his spouse and different family, including he would search to get “to the underside” of his shopper’s dying.

“This has been like pouring chilly water on the household and on his protection workforce,” Villalba instructed The Related Press on Thursday. “No one anticipated it, he had not mentioned goodbye.”

Though Villalba mentioned that he had no proof of any foul play, he blamed the dying on “the cruelty of the system” for conserving a 75-year-old behind bars for financial and never blood-related crimes after judges refused to launch him on bail.

”We had managed to nullify seven of the ten counts he was accused of and even so he was nonetheless that harmful one who might be fleeing Spain if he was launched?” the lawyer mentioned. “He was a world eminence, the place may he disguise?”

Spain’s Nationwide Court docket on Monday dominated that McAfee must be extradited to the U.S. to face prices for evading greater than $4 million within the fiscal years 2016 to 2018. The choose dropped seven of the ten counts within the preliminary indictment.

Villalba mentioned that McAfee had discovered in regards to the ruling shortly after on Monday and that his dying on Wednesday did not come within the warmth of the second. He additionally mentioned that the authorized workforce had been getting ready with him an attraction to keep away from being extradited.

A penitentiary supply instructed AP that McAfee was sharing a cell within the Brians 2 jail the place he had been put in preventive detention since he was arrested in October final 12 months on a U.S. warrant, however that in the meanwhile of his dying he had been alone.

Prosecutors in Tennessee accused McAfee of failing to report revenue from selling cryptocurrencies whereas he did consulting work, earnings made in talking engagements and for promoting the rights to his life story for a documentary. The legal prices carried a jail sentence of as much as 30 years.

The British-born entrepreneur led an eccentric life after promoting his stake within the antivirus software program firm named after him within the early Nineteen Nineties. He twice made long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency.

McAfee typically professed his love for medicine and weapons in public remarks. And a few of his actions landed him in authorized bother past Tennessee, from Central America to the Caribbean. In 2012, he was searched for questioning in reference to the homicide of his neighbor in Belize, however was by no means charged with against the law.

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