John Nash, the Nobel prize-winning mathematician, and his wife died yesterday when the taxi they were in crashed in New Jersey.
Mr Nash (86) was the inspiration for 'A Beautiful Mind', the Oscar-winning film in which he was played by Russell Crowe.
The driver of the car carrying the mathematician and his wife Alicia (82) lost control and crashed into a guard rail.
Mr Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994 for his work on game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making. His work influenced many other fields, including computing and biology.
'A Beautiful Mind', which was released in 2001 and won four Oscars, including best picture, was loosely based on his long struggle with schizophrenia.
His wife had helped care for him and they were advocates for mental health treatment. Their son John was also diagnosed with the condition. The couple had been married for nearly 60 years. (© Daily Telegraph, London)