Smurf Real Life BLUE MAN Dies Paul Karason "SMURF" Used silver for skin issues Dies of Stroke. Paul Karason, who shot to fame for the shocking color of his skin, has died. Karason, 62, died Monday at a Washington hospital. The cause of death is not yet known, but he had recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke after a bout of pneumonia, his estranged wife told TODAY.
His skin had turned its deep hue after he used colloidal silver to treat a skin disorder. He later said he never would have used the compound if he had known about this startling side effect, Morning Rush reported. He faced a number of health problems, including prostate cancer, but said he was optimistic that his skin was beginning to lighten in a second TODAY interview in 2009.