Utah man who inspired 'Rain Man' dies
Father of Kim Peek said his son had a heart attackSALT LAKE CITY -- 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.
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.