Obituary: John Nash and Alicia Nash Killed in Fatal Car Crash

John Forbes Nash Jr., 86, was killed alongside his wife Alicia, 82, on Saturday, May 23 in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Forbes was known as a brilliant mathematician and was the subject of 1998 Pulitzer-Prize nominated biography “A Beautiful Mind” that was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 2001.

According to Sgt. Jeff Flynn of the NJ State Police, the couple was passengers in a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan taxicab and was traveling southbound on the Turnpike.

Suddenly, the driver of the taxicab lost control of the vehicle while in the left lane as he tried to pass a Chrysler Concord that was riding in the center lane.

The taxicab driver crossed the highway, striking into the right guardrail near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township.

“The Nashes were immediately ejected from the vehicle,” Flynn said, “and were shortly thereafter pronounced dead on the scene.”

The taxicab driver was extracted from the vehicle and immediately flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries, while a passenger in the Chrysler Concord was transported to the hospital and treated for neck pain.

As of now, no charges have been filled in this case. However, the crash is still under investigation.

“We are stunned and saddened by the news of the untimely passing of John Nash and his wife and great champion, Alicia. Both of them were very special members of the Princeton University community,” Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said.

The infamous Princeton University mathematician’s life journey was the focus of the 2001 American biographical drama starring Russell Crowe as John Nash and Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash.

On May 24, Crowe, after learning of the Nashes’ death, Tweeted: “Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

Nash, who attended Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made contributions to the disciplines of game theory, differential geometry and partial differential equations. His theories are used in economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, computer science, games of skill, politics and military theory.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994.

Nash was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1959, and after years of struggling with the illness, he returned to work in the mid-1980s. His struggle and recovery was the basis for “A Beautiful Mind,” written by Sylvia Nasar.

“John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in the game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges,” Eisgruber said.

The couple lived in Princeton Junction.