'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in taxi crash

John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Peter Badge
John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Peter Badge

John Nash, the famed mathematician whose life story was portrayed in the film A Beautiful Mind, died in a taxi crash Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike. His wife, Alicia, also died in the crash.

John Nash was 86 and Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton, New Jersey.

New Jersey state police said the couple was riding in a taxi that lost control in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. The taxi crashed into a guard rail and the Nashes were ejected from the car.

"It doesn't appear that they were wearing seatbelts," Sgt. Gregory Williams said.

Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. He is best known for his work in game theory and his battle with schizophrenia. His achievements and illness were depicted in A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.

The Nashes became advocates of mental health care when their son John was also diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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