John Nash, at age 86, along with his wife Alice, age 82, died in a car accident.
Others for his severe mental illness.
But in time what might distinguish him most was the way he saw life.
In the book "Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction," Ken Binmore tells us that Nash never regretted his schizophrenic illness. Here's an excerpt from "Game Theory":
"... without his 'madness,' he [Nash] would perhaps only have been another of the faceless multitudes who have lived and died on this planet without leaving any trace of their existence behind."