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John McAfee Rushed To Hospital, Denies Heart Attack Reports

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Dec. 6 2012, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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It is the latest, dramatic twist in the increasingly bizarre life of billionaire John McAfee.

Just hours after the anti-virus software giant was arrested in Guatemala for entering the country illegally, he was rushed to the hospital after reportedly being found "prostrate on the floor of his cell and unresponsive." But has learned the 67-year-old has denied he suffered a heart attack, despite several media reports that he has.

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McAfee has been on the run from Belize since local police wanted to question him following the murder of his neighbor last month. As previously reported, he fled to Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend where he was arrested on Wednesday for entering the country illegally.

It was on Thursday – after his bid to seek asylum in the country was denied – that McAfee was rushed to the hospital. Photos taken by the Associated Press and Reuters show him being rushed to the hospital on a gurney with his shirt unbuttoned.


According to the AP, McAfee told them on Thursday morning that he had experienced chest pains overnight.

"Last night I had a little bit of pain, but I am fine this morning," McAfee said.

"I don't like Western medicine…if the people around me are kind and compassionate that's all that matters in life. The people of Guatemala are very kind people, so I have no complaints."

A couple of hours later the reporter returned to McAfee's room and found him lying on the floor being examined by a doctor. He was rushed to the hospital but a Guatemalan later doctor said his heart rhythm and blood pressure are normal and that he has not suffered a heart attack.

McAfee plans to appeal the asylum decision. Telesforo Guerra, his lawyer in Guatemala says, "He will be in danger if he is returned to Belize…"


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