A SUICIDE note was reportedly found tucked inside the pocket of tech guru John McAfee’s hanged body, it emerged on Friday.
The letter's discovery came after the 75-year-old tech guru's wife claimed they spoke on the phone hours before he was found dead – with his last words to her being: "I love you and I will call you in the evening."
The discovery of the late software millionaire's note was credited to an anonymous source who was not authorized to speak about the investigation into his death, according to the Associated Press.
McAfee's Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, said the family had not been formally made aware of the note by authorities.
The billionaire had been bunking with another cell mate but was reportedly alone when he died, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.
The late fugitive’s family is seeking to perform a second independent autopsy pending the results of the official one and left open the possibility of taking legal action after the investigation into his death ends, McAfee's lawyer, Javier Villalba told the publication.
The 75-year-old British-born maverick was found dead in his cell at Brians 2 penitentiary in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.
McAfee’s hanging death came hours after a judge had approved his extradition to the US to face federal indictment for evading more than $4 million in taxes.
Medics were unable to revive McAfee, with Spanish law enforcement sources told El Pais, concluding that, “Everything points to suicide.”
McAfee was taken into custody on Oct. 3 by the Spanish National Police at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport on October 3 of last year in a futile attempt to flee the country for Turkey.
He was a fugitive of the law not only in the US but also Belize police had been seeking him as a “person of interest” in the murder of 52-year-old American expat Greg Faull, 52, who was shot dead in his home in 2012 after an alleged fight over McAfee's dogs.
The woman who was believed to be married to the tycoon remained unconvinced that her imprisoned husband took his life and demanded answers on Friday.
Janice McAfee said that she places the blame over McAfee’s demise American authorities.
"I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy,” said the woman, who met McAfee in Miami in 2012.
“Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead."
She claimed she spoke with McAfee hours before he reportedly hung himself and he wasn’t giving up on life.
“His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening.'
"Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal."
Indeed she continued to rail against the suggestion he would end his own life.
“He didn’t deserve to die in a filthy prison like a caged animal,” Janice said.
"All John wanted to do was spend his remaining years fishing and drinking," she added.
"He had hope that things would work out. We knew that there would be an uphill battle to continue to fight this situation."
She called McAfee a “fighter” and that he was ready to battle against the criminal rap he was up against.
“He would never quit this way,” said the grieving woman. “He would never take his own life in this way.
“I don’t believe he did this and I will get answers. I want answers on how this was able to happen.”
A Spanish National Court judge announced that the effort to prosecute him in the US wasn’t a political persecution, according to the AP, who reviewed a recent ruling.
It cited McAfee’s testimony that pushed forward a defense against the evidence against him as proof of the merits of the case.
The State Department expressed condolences to McAfee’s family in a written note.
It read: “We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death.
"We stand ready to provide all appropriate assistance to the family. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Results of McAfee's autopsy could take days or weeks," authorities have said.
Once he was in Spanish custody, federal prosecutors in Tennessee brought forth an against McAfee charging him for failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he engaged in consulting work, booked speaking engagements and sold the rights to his life story for a documentary.
The Tennessee indictment accused McAfee of failing to pay taxes between 2014 to 2018 "despite receiving considerable income from these sources” and concealing assets from the IRS “including real property, a vehicle, and a yacht, in the names of others."
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