McAfee hospitalised in Guatemala after suffering heart attack

7 Dec 2012

Silicon Valley entrepreneur John McAfee has been hospitalised in Guatamala after suffering a heart attack. He is due to be extradited to Belize where he is to help police enquiries about the murder of a neighbour.

McAfee (67) was arrested in Guatemala City this week on suspicion of entering the country illegally with his 20-year-old girlfriend.

McAfee went on the run after his neighbour Gregory Faull was found shot at his home.

Proclaiming his innocence, McAfee kept a blog and brought journalists from Vice Magazine with him on the lam.

It is understood that McAfee had fallen out with neighbours on the island over the noise of his dogs. Someone poisoned McAfee’s dogs and Faull was found shot dead not long after.

McAfee claims that if he was caught by Belize police he would be killed. However, Belize police say they just want to question him.

Guatemala has declined his requests for asylum.

McAfee founded the McAfee antivirus empire in the 1980s and made up to US$97m. The company was sold to Intel in recent years and McAfee no longer has any connection to it.

His presence in Guatemala was rumbled when a photograph of McAfee in Vice Magazine containing data about his whereabouts was intercepted.

In recent years, McAfee lost the majority of his wealth through bad investment decisions and the recession.

He lived on the Caribbean island of Ambergis Caye, Belize, and his behaviour in recent years has been described as erratic at best, characterised by a love of guns, young women, and alleged drug taking.

He was often seen strutting around with armed guards festooned with guns.

Guatemala City image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years