Famed Mathematician Who Inspired 'A Beautiful Mind' Killed in Tragic Accident

John Nash, the famed mathematician whose life inspired the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, died in a car crash this past Saturday, along with his wife Alicia. John, 86, and Alicia, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township, when it lost control and both were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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The cab driver, 46-year-old Tarek Giris, has not been charged at this point. According to an official statement from the New Jersey State Police, he was driving a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria taxi, when "he struck the rail at the side of the highway and then hit a tan Chrysler Concorde in the center lane."

Neither Giris, nor the driver and passenger of the other car sustained any life-threatening injuries.

The cast and crew of A Beautiful Mind were quick to express their condolences. Jennifer Connelly, who won the Oscar in 2002 for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in the film, said in a statement, "This is a great loss ... John and Alicia Nash were an inspiration and I have deep admiration for all that they accomplished in their lives. My thoughts are with their family."

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Director Ron Howard took to Twitter to lament the loss of the Nobel Prize winner and his wife.

Russel Crowe, who played the man himself, said he was stunned over the loss of both their beautiful minds and beautiful hearts. He followed it up with the picture above, of himself and Nash on set during filming.

What a heartbreaking story. This couple overcame some extraordinary challenges in their life together, and became an inspiration to many. He will be dearly missed by many.

Did you know that A Beautiful Mind was inspired by a real person?

 

Image via Russel Crowe/Twitter

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