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“A Beautiful Mind” Dies in Car Crash in New Jersey

May 24, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
“A Beautiful Mind” Dies in Car Crash in New Jersey

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The Princeton math genius whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind” died Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, it was reported Sunday.

John Forbes Nash Jr. was killed in the 4:30 p.m. crash, along with his wife of nearly 60 years, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

The crash happened in the southbound inner lanes of the highway.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple were in a taxi that crashed with another vehicle.

The paper said the driver of the taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria, lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane and crashed into a guard rail. The Nashes were ejected from the car, a State Police spokesman told the paper.

The person in the Chrysler was transported to a hospital and was expected to survive.

Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and worked as a senior research mathematician at Princeton University.

His life story, including his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, were portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Oscars including Best Picture.

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

The Nashes also became recognized for their work in mental health care advocacy.

Earlier this week, Nash was in Norway to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics, according to NJ.com. The Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognized his work on partial differential equations.

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