It seemed like the final desperate act of a man who knew he'd run out of chances. Just hours after hearing he was to be deported home to America to face charges that in all likelihood would see him spending the rest of his days behind bars, John McAfee was found hanged in his tiny prison cell in Spain, guaranteeing he would remain every bit as controversial in death as he was in life.
If you own a computer, you’ve probably seen his name countless times. In the early 1990s, John (75) was known as the king of antivirus software. With McAfee VirusScan, he sparked a multi-billion-dollar industry. But since 2010, when his cybersecurity company McAfee Associates was bought by technology giant Intel for $7,7 billion (then more than R80 billion), John has been better known for his hedonistic lifestyle and his inability to stay out of trouble.
From 2019 he was a man on the run, mastering an escape from the US aboard his luxurious yacht, Freedom Boat, with his wife, Janice (38), to evade tax evasion charges.