John McAfee, the software tycoon on the lam in Central America from a murder investigation, may have had a heart attack Thursday in Guatemala while being held for deportation to Belize.
McAfee has been taken by ambulance to a Guatemalan hospital from the detention center where he was held.
The 67-year-old McAfee complained of chest pains earlier in the day and was found unresponsive on the floor of his jail cell. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was wheeled in on a gurney, apparently still inert.
However, when nurses started removing his suit, McAfee said, "Please, not in front of the press," according to ABC News.
McAfee was to be deported earlier that morning to Belize where he had fled police questioning in his neighbor’s death, ABC reports. He had entered Guatemala just days before, telling reporters he hoped to be granted asylum. When he later appeared to plead his case, he was detained for entering the country illegally.
McAfee’s neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old American businessman Gregory Faull, was found shot to death in his home on Nov. 11. The two neighbors argued often, particularly about McAfee’s four dogs. Two days before Faull was found, McAfee’s quartet of hounds was poisoned. The tech mogul buried the dogs on his property.
Despite police saying he wasn’t a suspect in the case, McAfee evaded their inquiries through a series of disguises and help from the woman in his life. That’s also apparently how he made it into Guatemala.
In a covert interview, McAfee had told Vice Magazine his life would be endangered if he were forced to return to Belize. If a Guatemalan judge agrees, he could be granted a stay in the country. (In yet another bizarre twist in McAfee’s strange tale, when Vice posted a photo of McAfee in Guatemala, the magazine neglected to remove its metadata, inadvertently revealing his location through the digitally encoded GPS coordinates.)
“I have been continually harassed by the government,” McAfee told reporters. “They’ve attempted to charge me with every crime ranging from running an antibiotics laboratory without a license to hiring security guards without a license, to having improper paperwork for my company and most recently the murder of my neighbor.”
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