By Devan Coggan
May 24, 2015 at 05:07 PM EDT
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John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose life story inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, died on Saturday in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, a representative for the New Jersey State Police confirmed to EW. He was 86.

Nash’s wife, Alicia Nash, 82, also died in the crash.

According to the police representative, the couple were passengers in a taxi that struck the guardrail on the turnpike while attempting to pass another vehicle. The Nashes were ejected from the cab. ( reported the Nashes were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, but the New Jersey State Police representative could not confirm that detail, as an investigation into the crash is still ongoing.) The driver of the cab was freed from the car and flown to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Best known for his work in game theory at Princeton University, Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. He struggled with schizophrenia for much of his life, and he and his wife both became outspoken mental health advocates.

Nash’s life story was fictionalized in the 2001 Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and Russell Crowe was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Nash. The actor tweeted that he was “stunned” to learn about the death of the Nash family.

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