JOHN McAfee claimed he had been collecting files on government corruption and threatened they would be released if he ever died in social media posts years before his reported suicide.
The tech pioneer claimed in the 2019 tweets that “incriminating data” would be released if he was arrested or disappeared, as he said that those involved would be “crazy to kill me or collect me.”
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John McAfee reportedly died by suicide on Wednesday[/caption]
McAfee had claimed he was collecting files on corruption in governments[/caption]
The 75-year-old tech mogul is reported to have taken his own life in prison in Barcelona on Wednesday just hours after it was announced that he would be extradited to the US on tax evasion charges following years on the run with his wife Janice.
He had previously claimed in social media posts that if he was ever found dead from suicide that he had not killed himself as he alleged US officials were targeting him.
The millionaire consistently repeated the claims on social media including posts from 2019 in which he said that he was “keeping information private” to preserve his life.
“I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I’m naming names and specifics,” he claimed in a tweet on June 9, 2019.
McAfee was in prison for tax evasion charges[/caption]
McAfee claimed information would be released on his death[/caption]
“I’ll begin with a corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials. Coming today.
“If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press.”
He continued the claims in further tweets, stating later in the month “I don’t trust anyone.”
“The instant I disappear the information is released,” McAfee added.
“Those named would be crazy to kill me or collect me.
“They are simply praying I live forever. If it’s released, revenge takes over and I’m dead.”
The 2019 tweets were unearthed after it was revealed that McAfee had a “whackd” tattoo that he showcased in social media posts as he claimed that he received “subtle messages” from US officials threatening him.
Gun-loving McAfee claimed he was sent ‘subtle messages’ by US officials[/caption]
A Q was posted to his Instagram account after his death[/caption]
McAfee previously claimed he would not die by suicide[/caption]
He had compared himself the Jeffrey Epstein[/caption]
“If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm,” he wrote in November 2019 alongside a picture of the tattoo.
He had also compared himself to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein last year, claiming “if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
McAfee tweeted the claim shortly after being arrest in Spain in October 2020 as he attempted to flee to Turkey while avoiding US tax evasion charges.
Epstein also died by suicide in jail in 2019.
The tweets led to speculation over his death as a mysterious “Q” was posted to his account after it was first reported.
The “Q” photo on his social media appears to be a reference to QAnon, the bizarre conspiracy theory that was tied to the fortunes of former President Donald Trump.
John McAfee is pictured with his wife Janice[/caption]
McAfee’s latest Instagram post was shared without a caption and showed a black letter “Q” on top of a white background, the Independent reported.
The letter “Q” represents a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory about pedophiles running a worldwide child sex-trafficking ring.
Instagram users responded to the post by commenting: “RIP,” “this man did not kill himself,” “Q,” and “Epstein 2.0”
McAfee was a highly controversial character after making his name with his antivirus software before selling his company for millions in the 90s.
He was sought by police in Belize for questioning in relation to the gruesome death of a neighbor who had reportedly threatened his guard dogs and just months before his death, was also accused of manipulating cryptocurrency markets.
The Catalan Justice Department said that it was unable to resuscitate McAfee after he was found dead in his cell.
He reported died in Brian 2 prison in Barcelona[/caption]
According to Associated Press, McAfee was sharing a cell in the Brians 2 jail where he had been put in preventive detention since his October arrest.
Yet it said that he had reportedly been alone at the time of his death.
McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, has claimed his death came as a shock to his family.
He said that they were determined to get “to the bottom” of his death while admitting there was no evidence of foul play.
Villalba blamed McAfee’s death “on the cruelty of the system.”
“We had managed to nullify seven of the 10 counts he was accused of and even so he was still that dangerous person who could be fleeing Spain if he was released?” the lawyer said.
“He was a world eminence, where could he hide?”
McAfee had claimed that the charges against him for tax evasion were politically motivated and believed he would spend the rest of his life in prison if extradited to the US.
He was accused of having evaded taxes on unreported income between 2014 and 2018.
The income allegedly came from speaking engagements, promoting cryptocurrencies while consulting, and selling the rights to his life story.
McAfee had evaded authorities for months before his arrest by living on a boat with his wife Janice in international waters.
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“I have not paid taxes for eight years. I have not filed returns. Every year I tell the IRS ‘I am not filing a return, I have no intention of doing so, come and find me,’” he previously said in a Twitter video.
“I have not filed a tax return for 8 years. Why? 1: taxation is illegal. 2: I paid tens of millions already and received Jack S*** in services. 3. I’m done making money. I live off of cash from McAfee Inc. My net income is negative. But I am a prime target for the IRS. Here I am,” the tech mogul added in a January 2019 tweet.
McAfee faced 30 years in prison if convicted on the tax evasion charges.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.