Paul Karason, the Blue Man of Madera, has died from complications of two strokes and a heart attack. His sister, Carolyn Lanigan, received a phone call from his wife, Joanne Elkins, who said Karason had died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. on Monday morning. He was 63.
Karason became famous after moving to Madera from Bend, Ore. He had turned a dark blue by the time he arrived. His condition was caused by the ingestion and topical application of colloidal silver, which he prepared at home, for dermatitis and claimed it had also cured his arthritis and sinusitis.
The Tribune broke the story and headline, the “Blue Man of Madera” with a photo Dec. 18, 2007. The following day this writer and the Tribune were flooded with phone calls from major newspapers and media across the country.
After Christmas, Karason and this writer met with NBC producer Alan Cohen. Immediately after the New Year, Cohen and NBC flew Karason, his girlfriend, Jackie Northup, and this writer and his wife to New York City to appear on the “Today Show” ...