The Daily Beast reports:
An Instagram post uploaded after John McAfee’s death was announced Wednesday appeared to be a shoutout to the QAnon conspiracy theory, turning the apparent suicide in prison of a notorious software impresario into a surreal moment while sparking a frenzy of baseless speculation.
Posted around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the image showed just a black letter “Q” on a white background. It came after McAfee was found dead of what Spanish authorities believe to be suicide in a prison cell earlier the same day.
McAfee had courted a relationship with the fringe throughout his life, writing trollish tweets that implied he knew the identity of the person behind the QAnon conspiracy theory, which falsely claims enemies of Donald Trump are party to a Satanic pedophile ring.
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The death of the allegedly violent software tycoon was always going to be an event. Somehow, it got weirder. ‘Q’ post on McAfee’s Instagram hours after his death unleashes a wave of conspiracy https://t.co/9cUSNgcwLx
— Sandhya Ramesh (@sandygrains) June 24, 2021
John McAfee’s final Instagram post – a giant Q. The post went up around 1:15PST, meaning he was likely already dead. But he or someone on his team knew exactly what to do to achieve maximum shitposting effect. pic.twitter.com/dW2rXXI673
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) June 23, 2021
— Travis View (@travis_view) June 23, 2021