Saturday, February 25, 2012


SHOOTING HIMSELF IN SUICIDE ATTEMPT - Character actor Daniel von Bargen, perhaps best known for his work on television for his turns as Commandant Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle and Kruger on Seinfeld, has been hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt. ABC News reports that von Bargen, who also appeared in supporting roles in several films, attempted to shoot himself in the head with a Colt .38 pistol on Monday.  The 61-year old star, who resides in Montgomery, Ohio, called 911 after the attempt. “I shot myself in the head and… I need help,” he told dispatchers. ABC News also notes that “von Bargen is a diabetic and was supposed to have two of his toes amputated that day.” In the phone call to 911, von Bargen can be heard saying, “I was supposed to go to the hospital today, didn’t want to.” Montgomery Police Sgt. Greg Vondenbenken told ABC News when police arrived at von Bargen’s home five minutes after the call was placed, he was found “seriously injured.”

The actor who has shot himself in the head at his US apartment, is at Bethesda North Hospital, where his condition is reportedly improving.  Montgomery police Chief Don Simpson said Von Bargen was supposed to go to a hospital that day to have some toes amputated because of diabetes complications and had already had one leg amputated. He said he was feeling depressed before he shot himself. Daniel von Bargen appeared on four episodes of Seinfeld as Mr Kruger. He also played Commandant Edwin Spangler in Malcolm in the Middle. The character actor, often cast as police officers, has also appeared in a number of films, including roles as a variety of law enforcement officials in The Silence of the Lambs, Super Troopers, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Basic Instinct.

Actor Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza’s boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” is fighting for his life after surviving a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.  When asked if it was accidental, he replies, “No, I was supposed to go to the hospital today and I didn’t want to, so I shot myself but it didn’t work.”  Von Bargen, 61, explains that he is diabetic and was due to have “at least a few toes” amputated that day.  Suicide is a grievous sinful act which causes the inability to have another physical body.

That (to commit suicide) you can do because you have a little independence. It is not natural to commit suicide; it is unnatural. So because we have independence, we can go from nature to “un-nature.” A prisoner cannot go out of the prison house naturally, but somehow or other he arranges to jump over the wall and goes away. Then he becomes a criminal for further imprisonment. Naturally, the prisoner cannot go out of the prison house, but if somehow or other he manages to escape, that means he becomes again a criminal. He will be arrested again, and his term of imprisonment will be increased, or he will be punished more. So, naturally we cannot violate destiny. But if we do it, then we will suffer.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
“Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers”
“Deciding for the Future”
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International

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