“On February 20, 2012, von Bargen shot himself in the temple during an apparent suicide attempt. He placed a phone call to a 911 operator who dispatched an emergency unit to von Bargen’s Montgomery, Ohio, apartment. The actor suffers from diabetes, and has already had one leg amputated. He was due to have “at least” some toes amputated on the other foot, and did not want to submit to another surgery. As of August 2012, von Bargen recovered and has retired from acting.”
“CINCINNATI, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Actor Daniel von Bargen is hospitalized in critical condition after shooting himself in the head at his home in Cincinnati, TMZ reported.
Von Bargen, 61, played recurring roles on the TV sitcoms “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Seinfeld,” and appeared in the films “Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions,” “RoboCop 3,” “Basic Instinct,” “Broken Arrow,” “Philadelphia,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Postman,” “A Civil Action,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Super Troopers.”
TMZ said von Bargen shot himself in the temple Monday, then called 911.
“I’ve shot myself in the head … and I need help,” the celebrity news Web site quoted von Bargen as telling the 911 operator.
Asked if it was an accident, TMZ said the actor replied: “I was supposed to go to the hospital and I didn’t want to. … They were supposed to amputate at least a few toes.”
There was no word on the state of von Bargen’s health before the apparent suicide attempt.”