McAfee's Widow Reveals Last Words to Her, Demands Probe

Janice McAfee says final conversation didn't sound like a man who was suicidal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2021 11:25 AM CDT
McAfee's Widow Pushes Back on Suicide Theory
Lawyer Javier Villalba, left and John McAfee's wife, Janice, speak briefly with journalists after leaving the Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.   (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

The widow of John McAfee, the British-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week while awaiting extradition to the US, on Friday demanded a "thorough investigation" of his death, saying her husband didn't appear suicidal when they last spoke. Authorities in Spain are conducting an autopsy on McAfee's body but have said that everything at the scene in his cell indicated the 75-year-old killed himself, per the AP. "His last words to me were 'I love you and I will call you in the evening,'" Janice McAfee, who's said to have been married to John McAfee since 2013, told reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona, where she recovered her late husband's belongings. She said they spoke earlier on the day he was found dead. "Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal," she added.

John McAfee was arrested at the Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee who were seeking up to three decades of imprisonment for McAfee allegedly evading more than $4 million in taxes. The day before he was found dead, Spain's National Court had announced it was agreeing to his extradition to the US, but the decision wasn't final. "We had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision," Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters. "I blame the US authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him, my husband is now dead." The National Court judge said John McAfee had provided no evidence to back his allegations that he was being politically persecuted. Results of McAfee's autopsy could take "days or weeks," authorities have said.

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