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'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Old 02-23-12, 11:23 AM
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Originally Posted by cardsfan111 View Post
I won't take the time to listen to the 911 call. Regarding the posts about this being sad...I'll agree that it's hard to learn of the difficult time he's been having. On the other hand, I'm happy he failed in his attempt. One, for the sake of his family. Also, so he can receive the help he needs to deal with his health issues.
They were bad before; they're worse now. I have no doubt he'll try again, espcially if he's now rendered blind (although, that might make things a little difficult).

That call was very chilling. He's so... calm. I didn't listen to all of it, but enough to get the gist. Very sad. I've always liked him as a character actor.
Old 02-23-12, 11:40 AM
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

As others have said, it is entirely possible to survive some pretty severe head trauma. Anyone else remember James Vance? He and his family were the ones who sued Judas Priest back in the '80s alleging that the band put subliminal lyrics in their songs encouraging suicide. He survived a shotgun blast to the face. There was a documentary about the case called Dream Deceivers, which is available on YouTube along with many other clips with him.

http://youtu.be/rfJkeGpiD9M
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

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As others have said, it is entirely possible to survive some pretty severe head trauma.
Yep. Just ask Mike the headless chicken.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

I listened to the entire thing, and I can't believe how calm and collected he is right after shooting himself in the head. You could hear him starting to go into shock as the call went on though. He barely sounded like anything was wrong with him at the very start of the call. I hope the guy gets help. I hate when anyone gets to this point. It just sucks that he took it that far.

What was wrong with him exactly other than what he mentioned in the call? That he had diabetes and they had started to amputate various things starting with his toes?
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

He was great in Malcolm in the Middle
Old 02-23-12, 03:20 PM
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

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What was wrong with him exactly other than what he mentioned in the call? That he had diabetes and they had started to amputate various things starting with his toes?
Sounds like he's already had one leg amputated, and now they're taking toes from his one good leg. Who knows what other ill effects he's suffering from, but they are probably many. Also, he may not have a good family & friends support system. Or, like he says, he's just tired of it all. Poor guy.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Ouch, that really sucks for anyone. Really, really hate to hear all of this.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

I always liked him. I thought he was hilarious as Kruger and I enjoyed him in Malcolm and Super Troopers. Truly sad.

I didn't know he had had a leg amputated already. Sounds like the guy just doesn't want to go through anything else. I hope he gets the help he needs.
Old 02-23-12, 07:29 PM
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Wow! I just started watching Malcom in the Middle from the beginning on Netflix last night. Once he popped up, I was wondering what else he had been up to. I'm kind of surprised he didn't try shooting himself again.
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Great actor who was always so interesting to watch. Really a top-notch character actor. So sad to hear about what happened to him. Hope he is makes it through this in a manner in which he will want to survive.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Send future healthcare bills to cardsfan111.

I'm an advocate of successful suicides.

In any case, great actor. Maybe he doesn't know it.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Ugh. Terrible story. I couldn't remember who Mr. Kruger was but once I saw the picture I remembered him from dozens of TV shows and movies.

Poor bastard.

He must have been pretty beloved though. This thread is two pages long and there's been hardly any of the usual callus, tasteless jokes people make around here about tragedy (and I usally laugh my ass off at.)
Old 02-24-12, 12:39 AM
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Definitely sad to hear about this. I mostly remember him from Seinfeld but Kruger was one of George's best bosses on Seinfeld.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

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He must have been pretty beloved though. This thread is two pages long and there's been hardly any of the usual callus, tasteless jokes people make around here about tragedy (and I usally laugh my ass off at.)
"I'm not too worried about it."

Seriously though I like this guy - definitely sucks.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Any update on his status? We should all make a donation to The Human Fund ("Money for People") in honor of Mr. Kruger.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

He died.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Update: He passed away.


Daniel von Bargen, 64, died over the weekend after a long illness, sources confirmed Tuesday.

The actor, active from 1976 to 2009, was best known for TV roles on "Seinfeld" and "Malcolm in the Middle," and movie roles in "Broken Arrow," "Super Troopers" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

von Bargen suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Montgomery apartment in February 2012. He told a 911 operator he didn't want to go to surgery to have toes removed due to diabetic complications.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Thanks for posting the pics - by name of his character alone, I had no idea who he was.

He seemed to have a really rough final few years.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

RIP Kruger. Sounds like he had a rough few final years.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

Yeah, when various obits mention relief that he is no longer suffering he no doubt went through some tough times.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

The torment and pain one must go through when Diabetes strikes hard.

Poor guy. RIP
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

I'm surprised it wasn't due to suicide, since his condition clearly got worse over the last three years. I hate to think about people suffering like that (and worse), since I so rarely see anyone in such situations.
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Re: 'Mr. Kruger' former Seinfeld actor attempts suicide

so glad he didnt succeed in taking his own life

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