SANT ESTEVE SESROVIRES, Spain – The widow of John McAfee, the British-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week while awaiting extradition to the United States, said on Friday that her husband was not suicidal when The last time she spoke to him hours before he was found dead.
“His last words to me were, ‘I love you and I’ll call you in the evening,’” Janice McAfee told reporters outside Brian’s 2 prison, northwest of Barcelona, where she was recovering her late husband’s belongings.
“These words are not words from someone who is suicidal,” she added in her first public statement since the software entrepreneur died on Wednesday.
Spanish authorities are performing an autopsy on McAfee’s body, but have indicated that everything at the scene suggests the 75-year-old killed himself.
John McAfee was arrested at Barcelona Airport last October on a Tennessee prosecutor’s arrest warrant for allegedly evading more than $ 4 million in taxes. Hours before he was found dead, Spain’s national court agreed to extradite him to the United States, but the decision was not final.
“We were prepared for this decision and already had a plan of action to contest that decision,” Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters. “I blame the US authorities for this tragedy: because of these politically motivated allegations against him, my husband is now dead.”
The results of McAfee’s autopsy could take “days or weeks,” authorities said.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME at 741741, or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.