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Corpse of anti-virus creator John McAfee still in Spanish morgue a year after his death

The British-American mogul had been jailed in the Barcelona-area Brians 2 jail for eight months following his arrest after years on the run from US authorities.

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View taken on June 23, 2021 of the Centre Penitenciario Brians 2 jail, in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, where antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell, shortly after a court approved his extradition to the US where he was wanted for tax evasion. Photo: AFP
View taken on June 23, 2021 of the Centre Penitenciario Brians 2 jail, in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, where antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell, shortly after a court approved his extradition to the US where he was wanted for tax evasion. Photo: AFP

The body of software entrepreneur John McAfee remains in a Spanish morgue a year after his death as a legal case lodged by his family to demand further checks is yet to be resolved, authorities and his lawyer said.

McAfee, who launched the world’s first commercial anti-virus software in 1987, was found dead, aged 75, on June 23 last year in his prison cell a few hours after Spain’s high court authorised his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges.

The British-American mogul had been jailed in the Barcelona-area Brians 2 jail for eight months following his arrest after years on the run from US authorities.

The autopsy determined he died by suicide. Shortly after his death, McAfee’s widow said he was not suicidal and that she would seek “answers.”

McAfee’s family considered the autopsy to be incomplete and asked for further checks, which were denied by a local judge, said the late entrepreneur’s lawyer Javier Villalba on Wednesday. The family appealed that decision.

A judge then ruled that McAfee’s body could not be handed to the family until their appeal was resolved, the lawyer said.

Catalonia’s court system did not reply to a request for comment.

The corpse remains at the same Barcelona morgue where the autopsy was conducted, said a spokesperson for the regional government’s justice department, adding that it was uncommon for identified bodies reclaimed by their families to be stored for such a long time.

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