Russell Crowe, who played John Nash in the critically acclaimed film “A Beautiful Mind,” gave a tribute to the renowned mathematician through a heartfelt tweet. The film’s director, Ron Howard, also paid tribute to Nash and his wife Alicia.
John Nash of A Beautiful Mind Died in Car Accident
Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia, 82, died in a car crash on Saturday at the New Jersey Turnpike. The accident happened at 4:30 p.m. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:18 p.m., NJ.com reported.
The couple was commuting in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the turnpike. A Ford Crown Victoria crashed into a guard rail near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township as it was trying to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, State Police Sgt Gregory Williams told NJ.com.
Nash and Alicia were thrown out of their car, Williams said.
The couple was traveling back home after a trip in Norway where Nash received the Abel Prize for Mathematics from King Harald V.
Crowe said he was stunned upon hearing the unfortunate news. He described Nash and Alicia’s relationship as amazing. “Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts,” Crow tweeted.
Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family.
An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts. https://t.co/XF4V9MBwU4
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 24, 2015
Howard said that it was an honor having to direct the movie about the couple.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 24, 2015
John Nash, A Beautiful Mind
Nash’s schizophrenia began diminishing in the late 1970’s and the voices he had been hearing continue to fade as he aged. Alicia took care of him as he battled with his mental illness even if they were separated.
In 2001, the couple remarried at their home. They became advocates for mental health care in New Jersey ever since. Their only son, named after the mathematician, was also diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Nash was able to write an autobiography where he penned in details of his recovery.
“I had been long enough hospitalized that I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional circumstances, and return to mathematical research,” Nash wrote.
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