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Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

Kim Peek (11 November 1951 – 19 December 2009) was an American prodigious savant known as a megasavant. He had a photographic or eidetic memory, but also social developmental disabilities, possibly resulting from congenital brain abnormalities. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the movie Rain Man. He was not autistic and likely had FG syndrome.

Kim Peek was born with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and, perhaps most important, agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connects the two hemispheres of the brain is missing; in Peek's case, secondary connectors such as the anterior commissure were also missing. There is speculation that his neurons made other connections in the absence of a corpus callosum, which results in an increased memory capacity.

Death of Kim Peek
Peek died on 19 December 2009, of a heart attack. He is survived by his father.  He was 58 years old at the time of his death

Re: Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

Good movie Rain Man. Even with disability one can connect with life and be a person. My condolence to the family and friends.

Re: Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

This is really sad. I'm from the UK and saw a documentary about him in November. I remember being inspired by Kim but also feeling terribly sorry for his father who was so scared of dying and leaving Kim alone. I now feel even more sorry thinking of how he must feel to be without his son. He did an awesome job and be proud each and every day.

Re: Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

I just saw him in 2008 when I DJ'd a party for the Corpus Collasm.

Re: Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

My children and I have always been inspired by Kim Peek and marveled at what he was capable of (not what he couldn't). He was so special, what a loss for the world. Our prayers and condolences to his family. He will be missed and we hope he is NEVER forgotten. Thanks to his family for sharing him for the world.

Re: Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

cindy Pekarek The Movie called Rain Man was a very inspirational Movie for me. So sorry to hear of Kim Peeks death. My condolances and Prayers go out to the family and friends. Cindy

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