'A Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash and His Wife Killed in Taxi Crash

The couple was traveling home to Princeton Junction, New Jersey

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John Nash, the Princeton mathematician who was the subject of Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a taxi accident in New Jersey, along with his wife, on Saturday, the Washington Post reported.

The Nashes were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike to their home in Princeton Junction, according to the Post. Nash was 86, and his wife Alicia Nash was 82.

The taxi was traveling southbound in the left lane of the Turnpike when the driver lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams told NJ.com. The car crashed into a guard rail, and both John and Alicia were ejected from the vehicle. Sgt. Williams said the Nashes didn’t appear to be wearing seat belts.

The second vehicle also crashed into the guard rail. The taxi driver was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries, and the Chrysler driver was treated for neck pain, reported NJ.com.

Calls to New Jersey State Police were not immediately returned.

Nash revolutionized the field of game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. He then joined the Princeton mathematics department as a senior research mathematician a year after winning the prestigious honor, where he remained until his death. Nash’s struggle with schizophrenia, which overtook his life for nearly 20 years as he grappled with delusions and hallucinations, was also widely publicized.

His life story was loosely portrayed in the 2001 drama A Beautiful Mind, with actor Russell Crowe playing the troubled mathematician, and Jennifer Connelly starring as his wife. The movie won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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“Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family,” Crowe Tweeted on Sunday morning. “An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

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