Kim Peek, The Original "Rain Man" Dies at 58

December 22 2009, 9:52pm

The man who inspired the movie, Rain Man, Kim Peek died at age 58 of a heart attack. Born in 1951 in Salt Lake city, Mr Peek was diagnosed as severely mentally retarded and his parents were advised to place him in an institution and forget about him. Thirty years later, he was classified as a "mega-savant," a genius in about 15 different subjects, from history and literature and geography to numbers, sports, music and dates.