Goodbye Rain Man
Kim Peek , the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s well known character in the film Rain Man , died a few days (19/12) ago of heart attack at the age of 58.
Peek was not able to live on his own and depended on his father for most everyday activities. However, he was known for his extraordinary memory, mathematical and reading skills. Even though, Peek was though to be autistic, scans performed in 2008 revealed that the most likely diagnosis was FG syndrome .
Here are a few links about the famous savant:
– videos of Kim Peek .
– Scientific American’s article: Inside the Mind of a Savant
– Kim Peek – The Real Rain Man (Wisconsin Medical Society entry)
– Kim Peek has left the buliding (Mind Hacks)