John McAfee, the controversial software mogul and promoter of cryptocurrencies, has committed suicide in a Barcelona prison, according to local reports.
McAfee was awaiting extradition to the United States for tax fraud, which the Spanish Superior Court authorized this morning.
"Everything indicates that it could be a death by suicide," said the Department of Justice of Catalonia in a statement.
The CoinDesk team contacted him by phone and a prison staff member said: "For information on John McAfee, you can call tomorrow at 9 am local time."
According to an October 2020 indictment from the US Department of Justice, "McAfee made millions in revenue promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting jobs, lectures, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary."
During an extradition hearing earlier this month, McAfee claimed that the extradition efforts were politically motivated.
He faced a total of 10 years in prison for allegedly cheating to escape $ 4 million.
McAfee was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona's El Prat airport while preparing to board a flight to Turkey, according to El País.
In a November 2020 interview with the Spanish magazine El Diario, McAfee said: "Life in Spanish prisons is like living in a Hilton compared to the surreal conditions of submission and dehumanization in American prisons."
McAfee was a controversial figure in the later years of his life, participating in alleged "pump and dump" schemes, as well as receiving a payment to promote a series of initial coin offerings, without disclosing those payments.