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‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash and wife involved in fatal car crash

Nash and his wife Alicia were killed in a car crash on Saturday.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Posted on May 24, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:33 pm CDT

Mathematician John Nash, the troubled genius at the heart of the film A Beautiful Mind, has been killed in a car crash alongside his wife, Alicia.

The couple were traveling in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, when the driver lost control and crashed into the guard rail. They were on their way back from a trip to Norway, where Nash had just been awarded the Abel Prize for mathematics with his colleague Louis Nirenberg.

Nash, 86, had a long and successful career as a mathematician, winning the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for his work in game theory. His work influenced many fields, from military strategy to accounting, although he is best known in the public eye as a result of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. Starring Russell Crowe, the biopic focused on Nash’s struggles with paranoid schizophrenia.

In their later years, John and Alicia Nash publicly advocated for better mental health care, after their adult son was diagnosed with schizophrenia as well.

Crowe has already passed on his condolences on Twitter, along with many others mourning the loss of Nash and his wife.

According to a spokesperson for the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office, no charges are expected to be filed. 

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*First Published: May 24, 2015, 12:40 pm CDT