John McAfee, the antivirus software entrepreneur who faced extradition from Spain to the U.S. on tax-related criminal charges, was found dead, according to local reports.
According to the Spanish outlet El Mundo, attempts were made to resuscitate McAfee, who was arrested at an airport in Barcelona last October.
A government official told The Associated Press McAfee had been found dead inside his cell. Authorities said the cause of death was being investigated.
Earlier in the day, Spain’s National Court approved the extradition of McAfee to the U.S., where he was wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Tennessee prosecutors charged 75-year-old McAfee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.
The charges refer to the three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, according to the Spanish court’s ruling on Wednesday.
McAfee’s attorney Andrew Gordon confirmed Spanish authorities had notified him McAfee had passed away, he said in a statement to USA TODAY.
“We have no comment on the cause of death,” Gordon said. “We were actively working on Mr. McAfee’s case and were preparing to fight for his innocence before…