Relatives of John McAfee ‘had no idea’ about new Netflix document claiming the tech mogul ‘faked’ his death

Relatives of John McAfee say they had “no idea” Netflix was making a documentary claiming the antivirus pioneer faked his death.

McAfee is said to have killed himself in a prison cell last year, shortly after a Spanish court ruled he would be extradited to the United States to face tax evasion charges. The tech guru was on the lam for years until he was arrested in Spain in 2020 on behalf of the US government for tax evasion and a fraudulent crypto scheme. McAfee allegedly ended his life at the age of 75 after the Spanish National Court agreed in June 2021 to extradite him to Tennessee. According to Reuters, his body remains preserved in a Spanish morgue.

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“We had no idea there was a TV documentary being made about John,” Shelley Uden, McAfee’s cousin from Gwent in Wales, told The Sun of the new ‘Running with the Devil’ documentary. “We haven’t had any close ups from the production company, so it’s been a surprise. But I’m really looking forward to it. I’m retired and I don’t have Netflix, but I’ll find a way to watch it. It’s going to be an interesting insight into John’s life and he led a life very colorful. I want to know how they portray it.” Uden said McAfee had spent most of her life in the United States and that they lost contact “many years ago.” She added: “There are not many of his relatives alive today. We know that the Spanish authorities ruled his death a suicide. His mother and father were sister and brother, so I am his cousin and I have another brother who lives in Gloucestershire.” .

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John McAfee speaks to the media outside the Beacon Hotel where he is staying after arriving from Guatemala last night on December 13, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  McAfee is a
John McAfee speaks to the media outside the Beacon Hotel where he was staying after arriving from Guatemala on Dec. 13, 2012, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Uden previously told the newspaper that she was “very sad” to learn of her cousin’s sudden death. “If she took her own life, we may never know why,” he said at the time. However, McAfee’s ex-girlfriend, Samantha Herrera, has claimed that he may still be alive. Speaking to the documentary producers, she said that she received a phone call from the elusive tech mogul. “I don’t know if I should say this, but two weeks ago, after he died, I got a call from Texas,” she said. “It’s me, John. I paid people to pretend I’m dead, but I’m not dead,'” Herrera said McAfee told her, adding that “there are only three people in this world who know I’m still alive.” He asked her to run away with him.

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Speaking to Esquire about Herrera’s claims, the documentary’s director Charlie Russell said: “I don’t know what I think and I don’t think she does. She says it, then looks at the camera and I can’t tell if she thinks she’s real or not. She is someone who was very angry with John. He promised them a life together and I think they were really in love, despite the big age difference, I think he offered her a really different future, then he literally abandoned her at the border and I think that’s very painful for her and it I take. the years of her to overcome that.

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Meanwhile, Dov Freedman, co-founder of production company Curious Films, told Deadline that ‘Running with the Devil’ is “10 years in the making.” Freedman, who serves as an executive producer on the project, told the outlet that the film is a “stranger-than-fiction story like no other, about a powerful man who lived his real life like it was a high-octane Hollywood movie.” “. ”

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