Software company founder John McAfee listens to a question during an interview at a local restaurant in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. McAfee, 67, has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of his neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old Gregory Faull. Police are urging McAfee to come in for questioning. The anti-virus company founder fled Belize and is seeking political asylum in Guatemala, according to his lawyer Telesforo Guerra. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
The strange and marketable saga of John McAfee has led from the lam to jail, and now to a hospital.
The 67-year old software pioneer and lifestyle guru, whose exploits since he fled Belize after a neighbor turned up dead have been the subject of international interest -- as well as a blog, www.whoismcafee.com, kept up while he was "on the run" -- was taken to a hospital from a Guatemalan detention center on Thursday, according to reports.
McAfee had been blogging from the jail detention center, continuing to provide a steady stream of information since first going on the lam in mid-November. He collapsed, and was taken from the detention center on a stretcher. His attorney told reporters that he had suffered "two mild heart attacks," but hours later informed Reuters that he was experiencing stress, hypertension and "an abnormally rapid heart beat," according to the San Jose Mercury News.
McAfee is wanted for questioning in Belize in connection to the shooting death of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. The two had fought over McAfee's dogs and armed bodyguards, but McAfee has repeatedly denied killing Faull. Instead, McAfee insists the Belizean government wants him dead. Ergo, he went into "hiding" -- though maintained steady contact with journalists and news media around the world -- before fleeing across the border to Guatemala in the company of two journalists from VICE Magazine.
The VICE journalists accidentally revealed McAfee's location in encoded data in a photo attached to a blog post entitled, "We are with John McAfee Right Now, Suckers."
Belizean authorities have not issued a warrant for McAfee's arrest. He will likely be expelled from Guatemala for entering the country without the proper visas.