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    Default 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in Taxi Crash

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    'BEAUTIFUL MIND'

    Inspiration for Movie

    KILLED IN TAXI CRASH




    The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who was the inspiration for Russell Crowe's character in "A Beautiful Mind" is dead, along with his wife, after a fatal taxi crash.

    John Forbes Nash, Jr. and his wife Alicia were in the back of a cab on the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver tried to pass another car and lost control. The taxi crashed into the guard rail and both Nash and his wife were ejected. They were not wearing seat belts.

    Nash was a brilliant mathematician who battled paranoid schizophrenia ... a character well-played by Crowe in the 2001 movie, which won an Oscar for Best Picture.

    Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 for his work in game theory. He taught at Princeton and MIT.

    Nash was 86. Alicia was 82. They were married for 60 years.

    RIP.


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    This was some sick news to hear this morning. Ugh, how tragic.
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    i didn't catch the movie, so i'm not familiar with this man, but want to say it's always a bitch when someone makes it to a ripe old age only to be killed senselessly. the only 'un' tragic thing here is that he and his wife went together, so neither of them have to live alone without the other (which would probably kill them within a year anyways, old love does that sometimes).
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    Annika -- I so agree. How senseless. My daughter learned about him a few weeks ago in psychology. She was so shocked to hear about this.

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    Isn't it compulsory to wear seat belts in a registered cab? There are notices in some countries inside the cab.
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    I saw this headline yesterday, and it didn't include the fact that his wife was also killed. So sad for their family to lose them that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    Isn't it compulsory to wear seat belts in a registered cab? There are notices in some countries inside the cab.
    No seatbelt, he totally deserved it. I wonder if he smoked too? #askingforit

    but seriously, of course it's compulsory but let's be honest here, who wears a seatbelt in the back of a cab? I know I forget to most of the time.
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    ^^^ i would wear a seatbelt in a cab on the turnpike. i realize most people don't wear one in cabs for city driving, but i do.

    i didn't assume that this guy wasn't wearing a seatbelt. i see that the article posted here says he did not, but the other ones i read didn't mention it.

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    Sad sad news, looking back I don't think I have ever worn a seatbelt in a cab either.

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    They were both ejected, so obviously no seat belts. I never wear them in taxis either, this is a good reminder to do so.
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    In most states the seatbelt laws pertains only to the front seats for passengers over 18.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    They were both ejected, so obviously no seat belts. I never wear them in taxis either, this is a good reminder to do so.
    i know it's anecdotal, but i know someone who was ejected from a car when he was wearing a seatbelt. so that's why i did not assume that nash wasn't ....

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    I was partially ejected while wearing a seatbelt. I wasn't seriously injured because of the seatbelt, mostly just deep internal bruising that was followed up closely for six weeks. Cars now have seatbelt mechanisms that lock the belt when the brakes are punched.

    i loved the movie about this man, may be and his wife RIP.
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    I used to forget. Then this one time I rode with an insane Russian cabbie who tried to sideswipe a car who cut him off. That plus screaming epithets in Russian and those perpendicular San Francisco hills. Never again. Well, no Russian cabbies and I always wear my seatbelt.

    Did Nash's driver survive? I didn't see that anywhere. And I'm with Annika. If I'd been with someone for all my life like that I'd want to just go together. I hope it was quick, no suffering. RIP.
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    Such sad news. I don't think I ever wore a seatbelt in the back of a cab but I do in the back of any other car. I'm betting I start now.
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