Posted: Dec 21, 2009 8:03 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Dec 21, 2009 8:04 PM
Source: Associated Press
The man whose brain was being studied by NASA and who inspired the Acadmey Award-winning film, "Rain Man", has died. Kim Peek was 58. His father says Peek had a major heart attack and died in a hospital in Murray, Utah. Peek had a remarkable memory that inspired writer Barry Marrow when he wrote "Rain Man" which won four Academy Awards in 1988. Dustin Hoffman played the lead role. Peek was classified as a "mega-savant" who was a genius in about 15 different subjects. But his motor skills were limited and he couldn't even dress himself. NASA scientists had been studying Peek to determine the effects of space travel on the brain and see if they could explain his mental capabilities.