By Mirembe Martina
Blue Man, Paul Karason has died.
Karason died aged 62. He became an internet session when he permanently turned blue after self-medicating for a skin condition. He died on Monday at Washington hospital after being admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. He later contracted pneumonia and had a severe stroke.
Diagnosed with a condition known as argyria, which is caused by the use of dietary supplements. To try to counteract the coloring in his skin, Karason had also begun self-administering doses of colloidal silver, which is a suspension of silver in a liquid base.
His skin coloring earned him the nickname ‘Papa Smurf,’ which his estranged widow said he welcomed when it came from kids. “That was a nickname he didn’t appreciate, depending on who said it,” she told Today. “If it was a kid who ran up to him saying “Papa Smurf,” it would put a smile on his face. But if it was an adult, well ….”