‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in car crash

‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed


‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed 01:44

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life inspired the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife died in a car crash Saturday, according to New Jersey State Police.


Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said.


They were traveling southbound in the left lane when the taxi went out of control while trying to pass another car, Williams said.


The car crashed into the guard rail, and the couple was ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.


The taxi driver, Tarek Girgis, was flown to Robert Wood Johnson hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the other car was transported by ground to Princeton University Hospital complaining of neck pain.


No charges have been filed in the accident, which is still under investigation, Williams said.


Nash, widely regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, was known for his work in game theory, and his personal struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. Alicia Nash, an M.I.T. physics major from an aristocratic Salvadoran family, has been credited with saving his life after the ravages of schizophrenia had taken its toll, letting him into her home in 1970 even after they had divorced in 1963.


As the couple’s biographer, Sylvia Nasar, wrote in the 1998 book “A Beautiful Mind,” “It was Nash’s genius … to choose a woman who would prove so essential to his survival.”


That chapter of their relationship did not make it into the Hollywood version of their life, the 2001 Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

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