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Report: John McAfee Suffers Two ‘Minor’ Heart Attacks

December 6, 2012

McAfee Detained

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee was hospitalized Thursday after suffering two "minor heart attacks" at the Guatemala detention center where he is being held, Reuters reported, citing McAfee's lawyer.

The embattled software tycoon, who is fighting deportation, was carried out on a stretcher from the immigration service cottage where he was detained for illegally crossing into Guatemala from Belize, according to Reuters. McAfee may soon be deported back to Belize, where he is wanted for questioning about the death of his neighbor.

According to ABC News, McAfee, 67, had been complaining of chest pains earlier today, before being found face-down on the floor of his cell and unresponsive. He was denied political asylum and scheduled to be deported this morning, though a judge could stay the ruling if McAfee's life is thought to be threatened by Belizean officials, as McAfee claims.

In a blog post last night, McAfee said he "spoke with the duty officer at the [U.S.] Embassy who said there is nothing that they can do. I asked to be returned to the States, and again ... nothing they can do. So I will wait and see."

The bizarre McAfee saga started last month, when the software guru was named as a suspect in the shooting of Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate and McAfee's Belizean neighbor. The official police statement said Faull was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head and a single luger brand 9 mm shell in the stairwell near his body.

When Wired asked McAfee last month what he knew about the shooting, he simply said, "Nothing — other than I heard that he had been shot." In fact, McAfee believed the actual culprits were gunning for him when they mistakenly shot his neighbor. McAfee has accused the Belize authorities of corruption and said he fears for his life should he be taken into custody.



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