JOHN McAfee's widow has insisted her husband did not kill himself in a Barcelona prison where 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 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."
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.
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.
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