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John McAfee’s widow claims he ‘didn’t kill himself’ after ‘suicide’ tweet

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John McAfee's widow has said she does not "accept the suicide story that has been spread" about her late husband's death.

The UK-born computer pioneer reportedly took his own life in a Barcelona jail after the Spanish high court allowed his extradition to the United States, Spain's El Mundo newspaper reported last week.

McAfee, 75, was arrested at El Prat airport in Spain on October 3, 2020, as he tried to flee the country to Turkey, a day after authorities had made public a US indictment stemming from alleged tax offenses.

But his wife Janice McAfee has disputed whether he should have "spent a day in prison let alone nine months" and says she doesn't believe that he took his own life.

Saying her husband was "a fighter and he had so much fight left in him", she said the tech whizz was prepared to appeal his extradition back to the US.

She also revealed details of their heartbreaking final conversation, in which John told Janice he would call her "in the evening but sadly that call never happened.

In a tweet, Janice wrote: "The story of John's 'suicide' was already prepared and presented to the public before I or his attorneys were even notified of his death.

"Words cannot describe how enraged I am at the fact that I had to hear the news of John's death via a DM on Twitter. And now it's being conveniently reported that there was a 'suicide note' found in his pocket, something that was not mentioned when I collected John's belongings from the prison and another piece of information the media somehow got a hold of before myself and John's attorneys.

"I appreciate everyone's condolences and the love you have shown for John. Your love and support mean more than you know."

She went on: "I have received countless messages so please forgive me if I do not respond but, as I am sure you can all understand, social media is the last thing on my mind right now.

"I need answers and that will take time. The investigation into John's death is still ongoing but I will share what information I can, when I can.

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"Until then, I do not accept the 'suicide' story that has been spread by the malignant cancer that is the MSM. They and their unnamed sources are not to be trusted."

McAfee's death was reported by Spanish newspaper El Pais just hours after the country's National Court approved his extradition to the US.

In a hearing held via videolink earlier this month, he claimed that the charges against him were politically motivated and that if returned to the US he would spend the rest of his life in jail.

Following his death, a bizarre tweet from November 2019 resurfaced in which he claimed the US authorities wanted to have him killed and warned they would make it look like suicide.

He tweeted: "Getting subtle messages from US officials saying, in effect: 'We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself'.

"I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd [sic]. Check my right arm."

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In response to one tweeter who wrote at the time: "They won't dare whack the future president," he replied, "they whack sitting presidents. Ask JFK."

The British-born tech whiz was the son of an American soldier and an English housewife and lived a truly bizarre life.

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