Kim Peek, orignial Rainman, dies

December 22, 2009

Kim Peek, the inspiration behind the Dustin Hoffman role in the Oscar winning movie Rainman, has passed away at the age of 58 from a heart attack.  Peek was listed as a mega-savant by the age of 30 and was a genius in about 15 different subjects.  He had the ability to read a book two pages at a time with each eye reading a different page in a bout ten seconds.  Though his mind is still a mystery on how it was able to grasp such a wide array of subjects Peek required 24 hour care and had very limited motor skills.

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