The founder of the McAfee company, John McAfee, who was found dead in his cell in a Barcelona prison and, according to the preliminary version, committed suicide, already tried to do this at the end of February, the Vanguardia newspaper reports.
McAfee’s body was found in the Brians 2 prison in the municipality of Sant Esteve-Cesrovires (province of Barcelona, Autonomous Community of Catalonia) on June 23, after it became known about the decision of the Spanish National Court to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of tax evasion. According to the Department of Justice, according to the preliminary version, he committed suicide. The results of the autopsy will be known soon. A suicide note was also found.
As it became known to the publication Vanguardia, not the first attempt by McAfee to commit suicide was on February 28, then his cellmate told the jailers about it. McAfee was taken to the medical unit, and then to the hospital. Upon discharge, the doctors recommended that the management of the penitentiary institution contact a prison psychiatrist, sources told the newspaper. However, he determined that there was no need for special psychiatric care. At the same time, McAfee was transferred to another prison.
The General Council of Justice stated that all medical information is confidential and did not confirm reports of a previous suicide attempt, McAfee’s lawyer Javier Villalba Sanchez said that he was not aware of the incident.
The widow of the founder of McAfee arrived in Barcelona the day before, talked to the prison management, and told reporters that she did not believe in the suicide of her husband. She also demanded two examinations of the causes of his death.