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John Nash, 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration, dies in NJ

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago May 24, 2015 May 24, 2015 Sunday, May 24 2015 May 24, 2015 2:04 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. - The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind" has died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey. John Forbes Nash Jr. was 86.

Police say John and Alicia Nash were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday. A colleague who had accepted an award with Nash in Norway says the couple had just returned from Oslo and were taking a taxi from the Newark airport.

Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in "A Beautiful Mind," tweeted that he was "stunned" by the news.

John Nash spent much of his career at Princeton University. He won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry.

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