Sunday 22 January 2017

Russell Crowe leads tributes to late mathematician John Nash, who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind'

Published 24/05/2015 | 16:08

Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash arrives to the 74th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, in this file photo taken March 24, 2002. Nash, whose life was portrayed in the movie 'A Beautiful Mind', died along with his wife Alicia on Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to news reports. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash arrives to the 74th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, in this file photo taken March 24, 2002. Nash, whose life was portrayed in the movie 'A Beautiful Mind', died along with his wife Alicia on Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to news reports. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, in this file photo taken March 24, 2002. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files

Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday.

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The couple were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail on Saturday afternoon while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, said Sgt Gregory Williams, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.

They were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, Williams said.

Nash was 86 and his wife was 82, and were living in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, according to New Jersey police.

Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994 for his work on game theory and the mathematics of decision-making.

The Oscar award-winning film 'A Beautiful Mind' starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash's longtime struggle with schizophrenia.

Crowe wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he was stunned by reports of the death of Nash and his wife, Alicia.

"An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," he wrote on Twitter.

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HOLLYWOOD, : Jennifer Connelly (R) is hugged by Russell Crowe (L) as she accepts her Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for "A Beautiful Mind" during the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, 24 March 2002. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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