Nobel prize winner John Nash killed in car crash

Nobel Prize winner John Nash - who was played by Russell Crowe in the film A Beautiful Mind - has been killed in a car crash.

Russel Crowe in A Beautiful Mind

The 82-year-old died alongside his wife, Alicia, when they were thrown from a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The driver of the car lost control and hit a rail at 4.30pm yesterday, American news reported.

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Mr Nash, a University of Princeton mathematician, was portrayed by Crowe in the 2001 Academy award-winning film which depicted his groundbreaking work in game theory as well as his struggle with schizophrenia.

John Nash

Australian Crowe tweeted that he has been shocked by the news.

He said: “Stunned...my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

Mr Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994.