June 24, 2021

John McAfee has died at the age of 87

John McAfee by Gage Skidmore cropped

John McAfee, who was best known for creating the anti-virus software bearing his name, has died at the age of 87.

McAfee, who is a pioneer of his field, has been in the centre of controversy over the past year. In July 2017, he was accused of murder for the death of his neighbour, American businessman Gregory Viant Faull. McAfee is also known for his roles as a computer programmer and an entrepreneur.

A British American computer programmer, businessman and inventor. He created the first commercial anti-virus software and founded the anti-virus company which bears his name. McAfee was an advisor to Silicon Valley start-ups in the 1990s before moving to Belize in 2008, where he was wanted for questioning in relation to his neighbour’s murder.

John McAfee was born November 3rd 1947 in England. He is the founder of McAfee Associates, which was bought out by Intel Corporation in 2011 for $7.68 billion. McAfee has been a fugitive since 2012 after being wanted for questioning on suspicion of murder in Belize, though he has denied any involvement with the event. He graduated from Duke University in 1971 with a degree in mathematics. He worked on a number of different computer projects for companies such as Xerox, Univac, and NASA before creating the first commercial antivirus software, McAfee. In 1988 he left his company and became a wanderer because of his instability with money.

John McAfee is reported to have been found dead in Belize on Saturday June 9th. McAfee’s death comes weeks after he had sought refuge from police in Guatemala by seeking asylum at an embassy.

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