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John McAfee’s widow insisted Friday that the cybersecurity tycoon was not suicidal — as it emerged he was so convinced he’d be set up he got a giant arm tattoo reading “$WHACKD.”
“His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,’” Janice McAfee, 38, said outside the Barcelona penitentiary where her husband was found hanged on Wednesday.
“Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,” she said, demanding a “thorough investigation” into her 75-year-old husband’s death while awaiting extradition to the US on tax fraud charges.
Just three days before McAfee’s death, his widow had accused the US government of wanting the software entrepreneur to “die in prison” to “make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies.”
McAfee had been even blunter about his conspiracy fears in November 2019 — tweeting a photo of his arm tattoo predicting that he could be murdered and it would be made to look like suicide.
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself,’” he tweeted at the time, three months after Jeffrey Epstein’s jail-cell suicide.
“I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd,” he wrote.
Spanish officials have insisted there were no signs of foul play in his death, although autopsy results could take “days or weeks.”
His death came after Spain’s National Court ruled to extradite him to the US, where he faced up to three decades of imprisonment for allegedly evading more than $4 million in taxes.
“We had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision,” his widow insisted of the ruling.
“I blame the US authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead,” she said.
“Even though he was born in England, America was his home,” Janice McAfee said.
“He came there when he was a child. He had his first girlfriend there, his first case, you know, his first job. He made his first millions there and he wanted to be there.
“But, you know, politics just wouldn’t allow for that to happen,” she said.
John McAfee reportedly spent his final months before his arrest last October in a mysterious “ghost hotel” in Catalonia tied to a bitcoin farm.
“All John wanted to do was spend his remaining years fishing and drinking,” his widow insisted on Friday.
“He had hope that things would work out. We knew that there would be an uphill battle to continue to fight this situation. But he’s a fighter … And anybody that knows John, that knows him even a little bit, knows that about him,” she said.
“He was just so loving. He had a big heart and he just loved people and he just wanted to have peace in his life,” Janice McAfee added.
“My prayers are that his soul has found the peace in death that he could not find in life.”
With Post wires
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