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John McAfee Found Dead After Warning: 'If I Suicide Myself, I Didn't'

Antivirus software founder said he feared he would killed in jail 'a la Epstein'

 on 24th June 2021 @ 1.00pm
john mcafee was found dead in a spanish jail cell on wednesday © press
John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish jail cell on Wednesday

American antivirus software magnate John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish jail cell on Wednesday after authorities agreed to extradite him to the United States.

statement from Spain’s Ministry of Justice has indicated the cause of death for McAfee could be suicide.

However, social media posts and statements made by McAfee shortly before his death appear to warn that he feared he may be "suicided" - murdered with his death framed to appear as a suicide.

McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona only hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the US.

The 75-year-old was facing charges of tax evasion and other financial crimes and could have faced up to 30 years in jail.

However, after news broke of his death, the suggestion that McAfee committed suicide has set off many who see a conspiracy.

john mcafee had a 24 7 armed entourage of fears he would be killed © press
John McAfee had a 24/7 armed entourage of fears he would be killed

Many have taken to social media citing past McAfee tweets where he warned his followers that if it was ever reported he committed suicide, “a la Epstein,” then it was a professional hit.

"I am content in here," McAfee tweeted from jail in October 2020.

"I have friends. The food is good. All is well.

"Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine."

One 2019 tweet from McAfee, who was known for freely speaking his mind, however outlandishly, warned the former tech mogul was getting “subtle messages” from US government officials that they were going to have him killed and make it look like a suicide.

He even showed off a tattoo, reading “whackd,” which Twitter users began turning into a hashtag, along with #McAfeeDidntKillHimself, shortly after his death was announced. 

"Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: 'We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself'," he warned.

"I got a tattoo today just in case.

"If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd.

"Check my right arm."

The other tweet warned McAfee’s followers that he was “content” shortly after his arrest in October 2020 in Spain.

To add to conspiracy theories, users also began noticing a post – the first in months – to McAfee’s Instagram account of a solo "Q."

His Instagram account was deleted shortly after the post was made.

social media posts from john mcafee have gone viral after news of his death broke © press
Social media posts from John McAfee have gone viral after news of his death broke

The post is a reference many connected to the QAnon movement, which connects numerous conspiracy theories to the government "deep state" that McAfee had also been critical of later in life. 

McAfee’s death also led critics to blast the US court system and his impending extradition to the US.

“Europe should not extradite those accused of non-violent crimes to a court system so unfair – and prison system so cruel – that native-born defendants would rather die than become subject to it,” tweeted Edward Snowden, himself a fugitive from the US after blowing the whistle on the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance. 

Snowden warned that jailed journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is also facing possible extradition to the US, could be next. 

Other McAfee supporters simply mourned the man’s passing and expressed support for his wife, Janice. 

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