So sad. John Nash, who inspired the Oscar-winning film, ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ tragically died in a car crash along with his wife Alicia on May 23 in New Jersey.
The world lost a beautiful mind on May 23. Renowned mathematician John Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia, 82, were tragically killed in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, after the driver lost control of the vehicle. John, a Nobel Prize winner and the subject of Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with Alicia.
John Nash Dead: ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Subject Killed In Car Crash Along With Wife
How tragic. The taxi John and Alicia were riding in attempted to pass another car, and instead hit a guard rail along with another vehicle, according to the New York Times. Reports are suggesting that the couple were not wearing seat belts, as they were both thrown from the vehicle.
John is known for his breakthrough work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. Often pegged as the greatest mathematician of the 20th century, he also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
His life story inspired the 2001 Academy-award winning film, A Beautiful Mind which touches on his innovative achievements and struggle with a mental disorder. Russell Crowe portrayed him in the film, which he received tons of critical acclaim for.
When Russell heard the tragic news, he tweeted:
Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts. https://t.co/XF4V9MBwU4
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 24, 2015
John and Alicia married in 1957, but divorced in 1962. The couple stayed close and as his condition improved in the 1980s, they remarried in 2001. Together, both John and Alicia were prominent healthcare advocates.
The taxi driver and the other driver of the car that was hit were both treated for non-life threatening injuries. No criminal charges have been filed.
Our thoughts go out to John and Alicia’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler