If you were to figure out the next scene in the fast-paced, head-spinning saga that John McAfee is currently embroiled in, chances are you wouldn’t be able to predict what happens.
What comes next when it comes to this fugitive millionaire will come out of left field and ultimately, will be as unpredictable as a good Hollywood blockbuster, if the past few weeks are anything to go by. [Seriously, when is this film hitting the big screen?]
Thursday’s new developments are a case in point.
McAfee, who was arrested on Wednesday after several weeks on the run from police in Belize, was rushed to a hospital earlier Thursday after complaining of chest pains.
Two ambulances were seen outside the detention center where he is being held, and medics reportedly attended to him after he was reportedly found unresponsive on the floor of his cell.
The 67-year-old software company founder, who had been denied political asylum in Guatemala and whose lawyer was making a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate, was moved from an immigration center to a police-run hospital Thursday.
He still managed to blog about the ordeal, where he issued a public plea to Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to let him stay
“Please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that I am asking for,” he wrote.
And, during an exclusive interview with the AP Thursday morning, McAfee said he was refusing to travel to a hospital because he had been using Chinese herbal medicine since suffering a heart attack in 1993.
“Last night I had a little bit of pain, but I am fine this morning,” he 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, an AP reporter returned to McAfee’s room and found him changed into a suit but lying on the floor as he was examined by a doctor. Shortly after, he was taken to the police hospital.
And in another twist to this ever-changing tale, McAfee’s lawyer now says he didn’t suffer a heart attack, but is simply suffering from stress and hypertension
“He never had a heart attack. Nothing like that,” Telesforo Guerra said in Guatemala City, according to Reuters. “I’m not a doctor. I’m just telling you what the doctors told me. He was suffering from stress, hypertension and tachycardia [an abnormally rapid heartbeat].”
See the clip of the latest developments below…