John McAfee's body still in Spanish morgue seven months after suicide

John McAfee's body still in Spanish morgue seven months after suicide

February 3, 2022

John McAfee’s body is still in a Spanish morgue seven months after his prison suicide ‘as his daughter and ex-wife wage a legal fight over the corpse’

  • Anti-virus tech mogul McAfee was found dead on June 23 in a Spanish prison
  • Seven months later, a cause of death investigation is reportedly still on-going
  • His ex-wife and daughter are also said to be locked in a legal battle over his body
  • Meanwhile, a book about his exploits in his final years is set to be released 

The body of tech mogul John McAfee is still being held in a Spanish morgue seven months after his prison suicide, a new report has said.

It has also been reported that his daughter and his ex wife are locked in a legal fight over the corpse, that has been held since McAfee was found hanging in a Spanish cell on June 23 last year – hours after his extradition to the US was approved. 

Meanwhile, a book detailing McAfee’s almost fantastical globe-trotting exploits in his final years is set to be released, with its contents being heavily denied by his family.

The body of tech mogul John McAfee (pictured in 2018) is still being held in a Spanish morgue seven months after his prison suicide, a new report has said

According to MarketWatch, it is unclear to those who were closest to McAfee – who was once worth $100 million – why his body has not yet been released.

It is believed that his body is being held either in or near Barcelona while a Spanish judge continues to conduct a cause-of-death investigation.

While in some countries, cause of death investigations are carried out and determined by coroners, in Spain death reports are issued under a court system that is presided over by a judge.

But as was so often the case with McAfee before he died, the situation remains shrouded in mystery, with MarketWatch saying they received no response from the Spanish court when contacted.

Two separate groups from McAfee’s family – one including his ex wife Janice McAfee and the other his daughter named only as ‘Jen’ for her privacy – have reportedly petitioned the judge to take possession of his body.

Jen reportedly wanted the body of her father to be cremated and shipped to the U.S. but has since given up on her claim to prevent further delays to her father’s burial.

It has also been reported that his daughter and his ex wife Janice (pictured with McAfee) are locked in a legal fight over the corpse, that has been held since McAfee was found hanging in a Spanish cell on June 23 last year – hours after his extradition to the US was approved

It is not public knowledge exactly why Janice wishes to gain possession of the mogul’s body, but a report in July 2021 from Money Trading Club claimed the dispute was related to inheritance.

In addition to authorities, the question of McAfee’s estate is also of interest to his family, including Janice, who insists that his death may not have been a suicide, as Spanish authorities found. 

The report also said that Janice McAfee at first claimed to be his wife, despite them being divorced, while the daughter – said to be from McAfee’s first marriage and now in her 50s – claims to be his only biological daughter, despite McAfee previously claiming to have at least 47 descendents.

According to MarketWatch, Joy Athanasiou – the lawyer for McAfee’s daughter Jen – wanted to have the issue over the body wrapped up by 2021.

However, negotiations are said to have faltered when neither team of legal representatives could reach Janice McAfee.

British-born McAfee – who put his name to the world’s first commercial anti-virus software – had previously been dubbed ‘the craziest man in tech’.

The prime minister of Belize, where McAfee became an international fugitive and built a fortress home, put it more bluntly, calling him ‘bonkers’. 

He revealed the extent to which he blew through his fortune in interviews with Mark Eglinton, an author who wrote a book about the eccentric millionaire’s attempt to flee arrest by U.S. federal agents.

According to Eglinton’s book, John McAfee blew his $100 million fortune on ‘bizarre’ mansions and really was broke when he died in the Spanish prison. 

John McAfee, creator of the famous commercial antivirus software McAfee, appears via videoconference during his extradition hearing at Audiencia Nacional court in Madrid last year

Eglinton, who collaborated with McAfee for six months while he was on the run from authorities, told last year that he believed McAfee was indeed penniless, citing his personal experience with the outlaw and extensive interviews with him.

Eglinton, whose upcoming book No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes documents his extensive interviews with the outlaw, said McAfee was unable to pay what he requested for the planned collaboration, which will be authored by Eglinton solely.

‘I don’t doubt that if he could have helped he would have,’ Eglinton said of the modest advance fee he requested. ‘He said, “I can’t do it, my financial situation is worse than yours.”‘    

Eglinton is the author of an upcoming book about McAfee, titled No Domain

McAfee was arrested at the Barcelona airport in October 2020 on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee who were seeking up to three decades of imprisonment for allegedly evading more than $4 million in taxes.

The day before he was found dead, Spain’s National Court had announced that it was agreeing to his extradition to the U.S. but the decision was not final.

‘We had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision,’ Janice McAfee told reporters at the time. ‘I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead.

‘I don’t believe he did this, I will get answers,’ she said. 

The couple met in 2012 in Miami and married the following year. John McAfee had several children from previous relationships, Janice McAfee said.

The entrepreneur had not been connected with the companies that took over the antivirus software he built after he sold his shares in the 1990s. That early success had made McAfee rich and followed him in his troubled biography.

In 2012, he was sought for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbour in Belize, but was never charged with a crime. The controversy didn’t stop him from making long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency starting in 2016.

But it was his more recent tax problems that kept him away from the U.S., the country where the British-born entrepreneur was raised and had built his early success.

The Tennessee prosecutors’ indictments from 2020 showed that the tycoon allegedly failed to declare income made by promoting cryptocurrencies, attending speaking engagements and selling the rights for a documentary on his eventful life. 

McAfee’s social media postings indicated that he had chosen a northeastern Spanish coastal resort town as his base in Europe at least since late 2019. 

McAfee, once worth $100 million, really was broke when he died in a Spanish prison, according to an author who collaborated with him

The National Court judge said John McAfee had provided no evidence to back his allegations that he was being politically persecuted. 

Spanish authorities insist that there was no evidence of foul play, but McAfee’s previous tweets that he would never take his own life ‘a la Epstein’ have fueled conspiracy theories. 

‘I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine,’ McAfee tweeted on October 15. 

Furthermore, just minutes after his death was reported, his official Instagram account posted an image of the letter ‘Q’ – in an apparent reference to QAnon. 

Some wild conspiracy theories have since emerged including the idea the tech guru activated a so called ‘dead man’s switch’ to expose the government.

The mysterious ‘Q’ post shared to McAfee’s Instagram minutes after his death could indicate a hidden encryption, the theorists suggest.

A ‘dead man’s switch’ is activated when the device’s owner dies.

For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116123, or go to For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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