(CNN)John Forbes Nash Jr., the famed mathematician and inspiration for the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife died in a car crash Saturday in New Jersey, according to state police.
Nash, 86, and wife Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said.
They were traveling southbound in the left lane when the taxi went out of control while trying to pass another car, Williams said.
The car crashed into the guard rail, and the couple was ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.