Some more news on Daniel von Bargen's health, posted on IMDB:
by Daverat (Thu Feb 14 2013 08:49:40)
It's been a long time, I know, but a while ago, I contacted some people who represented Von Bargen when he was still active in several fields within the industry and I have some good news.
It seems that Mr. Von Bargen has moved into a new residence where he is better able to address his ongoing health needs and that he has chosen, for now, to "retire" from the business until such time or if ever he feels he is interested in returning.
He is a diabetic and at the time of his injury last year, that diabetes was not under control and indeed, had led to some complications that would be distressing to anybody. Now, he is living in circumstances of relative peace and quiet where he can concentrate completely on his health and wellbeing. He is supported by friends and family at this time and will be out of the public eye for such time as he decides his necessary to regain his health and fitness.
Since he had such a long and wonderful career, any fans who are worried about how he will care for himself should know that the Motion Picture Health Fund and the various Unions he has been and likely continues to be a member of have that covered. Even if you aren't actively working, if you have worked X number of years within SAG or WGA or AFTRA etc. and so on, you have access to decent healthcare. It's why you pay dues into those unions in the first place plus part of your paycheck goes towards funding programs for retirees, the chronically ill, the disables and so forth. There are other in-industry programs as well that would be available to him for both physical health and mental health.
Keep the above in mind if you know of an actor in distress who has worked in the field for at least 7 or 8 years - direct them towards the Actor's Fund who can tell them about all the other help available.
The consensus of the people I spoke to was that Mr. Von Bargen is doing much better and finally taking the time off that he needs to address those health issues that so troubled him a year ago. He is choosing to do so out of the public eye and we should respect that. I am not going to recommend that fans send letters or cards because the time for that has passed and it might be kindest to simply let him get on with the business of healing so that he can come back to us as a performer at some future date. Most of those who know him believe that when he is physically well, rested a bit and had some time to spend with his friends and family, he will return to performing again.
Whether he does or doesn't return to performing doesn't matter to most of the well-wishers here; they just want to know if he's OK and he is. He really is OK and doing what he needs to do just not in a TMZ, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, tell it to Oprah kinda way. That's not how he rolls.
Let us now talk more about his roles we enjoyed and let the issue of his unfortunate public tragedy just do what it should do... fade away the way these things should. However, do let's all hold him in our hearts however we chose to, whether thru prayer, thoughts, meditation or marathon viewings of The Postman!