The man who was the subject of the movie that won Best Picture at the 2002 Academy Awards has been killed, along with his wife, in a car crash.
NJ.com reports that mathematician John Nash, 86, who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife, Alicia Nash, 82, were killed Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
“Police said the two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the turnpike when 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 near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams,” the story reports.
Williams noted that the Nashes were ejected from the car, and that they did not appear to have been wearing seatbelts.
The taxi driver was pulled from the vehicle and treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
John Nash, who struggled with mental illness for much of his life, was a Princeton math professor and a Nobel Laureate in economics. He worked in game theory and differential geometry, among other disciplines, and his theories are used in fields including economics, computing, evolutionary biology and artificial intelligence.
The Nashes were played by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in the film, which won a total of four Oscars — including one for Connelly and one for director Ron Howard.