You might know him as Mr. Kruger, George’s boss on the hit TV show Seinfeld. Monday morning Daniel Von Bargen attempted suicide with a gunshot to the temple. After the attempt, he called 911 for help. He sounds unbelievably clam as he speaks to the 911 operator:
“I’ve shot myself in the head … and I need help.”
“I was supposed to go to the hospital today, but I didn’t want to….so I shot myself.”
“I just shit in my pants.”
“I can’t open my eyes….I shot in my temple.”
“I was going to go there [the hospital], they were going to amputate at least a few toes.”
“The one leg has already been amputated and they were working on the other. I have no children and no wife and I’m retired…and I fucked it up.”
Apparently he was scheduled for surgery monday afternoon to have some toes amputated due to complications with his diabetes. His sisters were supposed to pick him up and take him to the hospital. He is 61 years old.
Only minutes into the brief 911 conversation police burst into the house and told Bargen not to move and to keep his hands up. Authorities asked if there were any other guns in the apartment, then the call was ended. He is currently in critical condition in a nearby Cincinnati hospital.
TMZ has provided this video of the 911 phone call:
Twitter reaction to incident:
really shocked by this, really sad news. hope he gets well. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2…
— Matt Pez (@mattPez) February 23, 2012
— Steve Cooksey (@diabeteswarrior) February 23, 2012
Reason #492 to hate Diabetes: It can sometimes be the extra shove over the edge of hopelessness… huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/dan…
— Diabetes Duo (@CGMBDiabetesDuo) February 23, 2012
Aww, Mr. Kruger tried to kill himself; i hope he can reconcile his problems. Love him in Malcolm, Seinfeld, X-Files. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2…
— Michael DiMaio (@MichaelDiMaio) February 23, 2012
🙁 K-uger RT @IJasonAlexander My best wishes to Daniel Von Bargen. I hope he is surrounded by people who love him tonight.
— Melanie (@Notketchup) February 23, 2012