Actor Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld, survived a suicide attempt Monday morning at his Cincinnati apartment and is currently in critical condition at an Ohio hospital. In a 911 call obtained by TMZ, von Bargen calmly says he shot himself in the head because he did not want to go in for an appointment to get several toes amputated.
“I was supposed to go to the hospital and I didn’t want to,” he tells the 911 operator. “They were supposed to amputate at least a few toes.”
“My gun is lying next to me on the bed. It is a .38 colt. I can’t open my eyes,” he says, adding that he shot in his temple above his eyes.
At the end of the call officers at the scene and can be heard yelling at von Bargen, 61, to keep his hands up.
In addition to Seinfeld, Von Bargen’s credits include Super Troopers, Basic Instinct, and O Brother, Where Art Thou.
The 61 year-old actor Daniel Von Bargen has shot himself in the head and then made a dramatic call to the emergency services. In the call, the operator tries to keep the suffering actor talking until the paramedics arrive. A transcript of the 911 call has been published on the Daily Mail’s website today (February 22, 2012).
The conversation apparently took place “about 10 minutes” after the shooting, according to Von Bargen. During the call, he explains to the operator that he shot himself in the head because he did not want to go to hospital. The actor, who is best known for playing the role of Mr Kruger in the comedy series Seinfeld, suffers from diabetes and has previously had a leg amputated as a result of the disease. He was due to go to hospital today but told the 911 dispatcher that he couldn’t face another amputation: I was supposed to go to the hospital today and I didn’t want to. I shot myself. I’ve already had one leg amputated… I’m tired.”
Shortly after saying “I’m tired,” Daniel Von Bargen reveals that he can hear someone at the front door. A policeman’s voice is then heard, saying “Police department, let me see your hands, keep them right there,” aware that a gun has been involved in the incident and keen to ensure that no further shots are fired. Von Bargen is reported to have been taken to Bethseda North hospital in Cincinnati. His condition is described as ‘critical but improving.’