John McAfee, software pioneer, ex-presidential candidate, cryptocurrency entrepreneur and paid advocate, lived a storied life.
He was known as much for his drug, women and gun-filled escapades as the security software that bears his name and made him rich. A pivotal figure in the history of computing, McAfee’s stature within crypto was tarnished by a history of failed projects, broken promises and associations with alleged scams.
Still, he was an icon of sorts, with well over 1 million Twitter followers by the time he was found dead Wednesday in a Spanish prison. A man born against the state, he led authorities on a manhunt in the years prior to being detained by Spanish police in 2020. It was on the high seas – in uncontrolled waters – that McAfee ran most of his campaign for U.S. president, a race he entered in 2018 to “best serve the cryptocurrency community.” It was McAfee’s second presidential run.
Signs point to a suicide, according…