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Father: Utah Man Who Inspired 'Rain Man' Dies

Monday, 21 Dec 2009 08:14 PM

 

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A relative says Kim Peek, the man who inspired the title character in the Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man," has died. He was 58.

Fran Peek says his son had a heart attack Saturday and was pronounced dead at a hospital in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray.

Peek was a savant with a remarkable memory. Fran Peek says his son could read a book just once and memorize it.

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Kim Peek inspired Barry Morrow when he wrote "Rain Man," the movie that won four Academy Awards, including best actor for Dustin Hoffman, who played the title role.

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