09/24/2013 05:37 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2013

Paul Karason Dead: Blue Man Dies After Heart Attack, Stroke (VIDEO)

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 "Today Show" interview in 2009.

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