John Forbes Nash Jr., subject of ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ dead in car crash at 86

John Forbes Nash Jr., the mathematician whose life was the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife Alicia were killed in a car crash on the New Jersey Trunpike on Saturday. He was 86. She was 82.


John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.

The Nashes were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike, State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams said. The driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail.

The Nashes were ejected from the car, Williams said.

“It doesn’t appear that they were wearing seatbelts,” he said.

Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in A Beautiful Mind, and was nominated for an Oscar sent out his condolences on Twitter on Sunday.

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