Montgomery police Chief Don Simpson says the 61-year-old actor called 911 on Monday morning after shooting himself in the temple at his suburban Cincinnati apartment.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was reportedly in critical condition. TMZ posted audio from the 911 call.
Officials said Thursday that von Bargen told the 911 dispatcher he 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.
Von Bargen appeared in four episodes of “Seinfeld” and played Commandant Edwin Spangler on “Malcolm in the Middle.” He also had one-off roles on “Party of Five,” “The Practice” and “The West Wing.”
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” An emotional and powerful read that my push the buttons and heart strings of some of you that may have had trauma during your childhood. It is never too late to get a get a good grip of your past and leave it there and move forward to healthy living, both body and mind.
Once again, the American Academy of Pediatrics is demonstrating its clinical leadership. Two recent, groundbreaking reports – “The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress” and “Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health” – by the Academy boldly declare what has been known but too hidden from sight: Namely, that brain and emotional development is profoundly disrupted by childhood adversity and trauma.
The pediatric academy quotes Frederick Douglass who said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Continue reading