Paul Karason may have been an Internet sensation, but he was no joke at all. Known as "Papa Smurf" or "Blue Man," he was loved by many and as reported by the Inquisitr on Sept. 25, 2013, sadly passed away due to a heart attack.
Paul "Papa Smurf" Karason was 62-years-old.
Karason was born a fair-skinned, freckled boy with reddish blond hair. As he went throughout life, he developed skin with a bluish tinge against his shock of white hair. This was the result of a rare medical syndrome known as argyria or silver poisoning, which came from dietary supplements.
He had been in a Washington hospital being treated for pneumonia after suffering a heart attack. Papa Smurf's estranged wife, Jo Anna Karason, had also previously had a severe stroke.
Back in 2008, Karason was interviewed in his home in Oregon, and he said that the blue tinge had started more than a decade before that when he saw an ad in a new-age magazine promising better health and rejuvenation through colloidal silver. He dissolved some in water and drank about 10 ounces a day.
It was an old friend that noticed the change in Karason's skin color.
"And he looks at me and he says, 'What have you got on your face?' 'I don't have anything on my face!'" Karason said. "He says, 'Well, it looks like you've got camouflage makeup on or something.' And by golly, he came in and he was very fair-skinned, as I used to be. And that's when it hit me."
The man known as Papa Smurf became an Internet sensation, but just wanted to live his life no matter what color his skin was.