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'Blue Man' Paul Karason Dies At 62


Sep. 25 2013, Published 1:05 p.m. ET

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The Washington state man who gained fame for the bold blue burnish of his skin -- after more than a decade of ingesting the controversial "cure-all" colloidal silver -- has died at 62, has learned.

Paul Karason suffered a fatal heart attack on Monday, after years of health woes, battling prostate cancer, blocked arteries, a stroke and pneumonia.

Karason was launched into the public spotlight, and became something of an Internet celebrity, after a 2008 appearance on the TODAY show where he spoke with Matt Lauer about his unique condition.

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Colloidal silver is banned by the FDA due to the skin-dyeing properties it has, which was the cause behind Karason's blue tint.


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