John McAfee found dead in Spanish jail cell

John McAfee, the founder of antivirus company McAfee, was found dead today in his Barcelona jail cell, according to local newspaper El Pais.

The cause of death has been deemed suicide by hanging, according to Reuters, which confirmed McAfee's death with the Catalan Justice Department and McAfee's lawyer.

The former cybersecurity tycoon was being held after the US Department of Justice charged McAfee in March on fraud and money laundering charges related to cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes.

McAfee was facing up to 30 years in a US prison.

His death comes hours after a Barcelona judge approved his extradition to the US, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported earlier today.

McAfee still had the option to appeal his extradition.

He was 75.

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Catalin Cimpanu

Catalin Cimpanu

is a cybersecurity reporter who previously worked at ZDNet and Bleeping Computer, where he became a well-known name in the industry for his constant scoops on new vulnerabilities, cyberattacks, and law enforcement actions against hackers.