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Sky News: Software pioneer John McAfee has been rushed to hospital in Guatemala after complaining of chest pains, according to reports.
Mr McAfee was rushed via ambulance to a Guatemala City hospital just hours after he was denied political asylum in the Central American country.
The software guru, who is fighting deportation to Belize where he is wanted for questioning by police over the death of his neighbour, suffered two mild heart attacks, witnesses told Reuters.
An ABC News correspondent on the scene said Mr McAfee appeared unresponsive until medical personnel attempted to undress him, prompting him to say, “not in front of the press”.
The 67-year-old was being held at a Guatemalan immigration detention centre for entering the country illegally.
Police in Belize said earlier they expected him to be returned to the capital city of Belmopan “shortly”.
Mr McAfee fled to Guatemala over the weekend with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sam Venegas, after going on the run following the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull in Belize last month.
Police want to question him as a “person of interest” in his fellow US expat’s death.
Though intent on eluding the police, Mr McAfee has stayed in constant contact with the press and maintained an active blog.
After his arrival in Guatemala, Mr McAfee employed former Guatemalan attorney general Telesforo Guerra to manage his plea to stay in the country.
“(Mr McAfee) is persecuted in Belize, persecuted politically because he stopped financing the government,” Mr Guerra said.
Mr McAfee has maintained his innocence since escaping Belize police on the island of Ambergris Caye hours after his neighbour was shot dead on November 11.
Mr Faull, who was found with a 9mm bullet in his head, had led neighbours in writing a letter to the mayor complaining that the millionaire’s “vicious” dogs and aggressive security guards were scaring tourists and residents.
Before he fled after the murder, Mr McAfee shot dead his four dogs, which he said may have been poisoned by Mr Faull.
Ballistics experts have exhumed the animals and are examining them to see if the bullets match that found in the victim.