JOHN McAfee’s widow has insisted her husband did not kill himself in a Barcelona prison while awaiting extradition to the United States — and blamed US authorities for his death.
Janice McAfee, 38, said she wanted a thorough investigation on the circumstances of the 75-year-old’s death on Wednesday in what the authorities said was an apparent suicide.
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.
But McAfee’s lawyer Javier Villalba said he would request a second autopsy at the request of the McAfee family.
Janice, speaking to reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary in northwest of Barcelona, where she recovered her late husband’s belongings, said: “His last words to me were I love you and I will call you in the evening.
“Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal.”
I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy
John McAfee’s widow
Results of McAfee’s autopsy could take “days or weeks,” authorities have said.
Janice said: “We were prepared for that decision and had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision.
“I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead.”
McAfee was arrested at the Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee for allegedly evading more than £2.8million ($4m) in taxes.
Hours before he was found dead, Spain’s National Court agreed to his extradition to the US — yet the decision was not final.
Following his arrest at Barcelona airport last year, McAfee’s “suicide” came after he tweeted from his cell: “If I die like Epstein, I didn’t do it”.
The anti-virus tech mogul allegedly killed himself on Wednesday hours after a judge agreed to extradite him to the US on tax evasion and cryptocurrency scam charges.
Gun-loving McAfee had been arrested in Spain last October as he boarded a flight to Turkey.
‘IF I DIE, I DIDN’T KILL MYSELF’
Weeks later, he told his 1.1million Twitter followers from prison in Barcelona: “I am content in here. The food is good. All is well.
“Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
It was a reference to the disgraced tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, found hanged in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on underage sex trafficking charges.
Conspiracy theorists have suggested Epstein was murdered by high-profile authority figures who feared he would implicate them.
Two years ago, he also tweeted his fear over being killed.
The tweet included a photograph of himself with a tattoo that said $WHACKD and the caption read: “Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself’. I got a tattoo today just in case.”
Three days before his death, Janice also alleged people wanted him dead.
“I know John is an extremely polarizing individual. Believe me, I know this better than most!” Janice wrote in the lengthy note on Father’s Day.
“But I also know, as well as any of you who follow him on Twitter, that he has always been honest about who is is. ALWAYS. Sometimes too honest, sometimes sharing more than any of us cared to know about him!
“John’s honesty has often gotten him in trouble with corrupt governments and corrupt government officials because of his outspoken nature and his refusal to be extorted, intimidated, or silenced,” she claimed.
“Now the US authorities are determined to have John in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against corruption within their government agencies.”
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