LA Police Visit Richard Simmons and Say He Is ‘Doing Fine!’
Legendary fitness guru Richard Simmons has not been seen out in public for over three years but police say he is doing fine.
A detective at the Los Angeles Police Department said he did a welfare check on Richard Simmons two weeks ago at his home in the Hollywood hills and there was no cause for concern. “Mr. Simmons was fine,” the detective says. “There is no issue for the police to be involved with. Mr. Simmons simply wants privacy.”
Simmons’ well being became a cause for concern recently following reports he had stopped speaking to many people in his life. He closed down his famous exercise studio Slimmins in Beverly Hills three years ago and hasn’t been seen out in public since.
Interest in his whereabouts has prompted a new podcast called Missing Richard Simmons which aims to find out where the fitness guru is and if he is okay.
Simmons’ former friend and massage therapist, Mauro Oliveira, spoke out recently about the 68-year-old’s retreat from the limelight. “He has stopped talking to many loving, longtime friends, like Gerry Sinclair, the 95-year-old that is his second mother,” Oliveira said. “In fact, Gerry went to the house last year and the staff told her that Richard didn’t want to see her.”
Oliveira believes that Simmons has been “terribly advised” by the people he surrounds himself with saying she is very suspicious, “They are doing a terrible job to take care of his legacy of himself, to take care of the amazing life that he had helping people.”
In the podcast Oliveira insinuates that Simmons’ housekeeper, Theresa Reveles, was holding the very social celebrity hostage in his own home.
When asked about this claim last year during a phone interview, Simmons was quick to refute it. “I am not kidnapped,” he said. “I am just in my house right now. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”
While we’re happy the police have gone and checked on him it is still very much out of character for him to not be out in public. The fact that he’s cut ties with many close friends further fuels the mystery surrounding his withdrawal from the public eye!
I say we need to make “Save Ferris” style t-shirts for Simmons and see if he can be coaxed into making a live TV cross or interview so his fans cans rest easy with the knowledge he is in fact ok.
(You can tune into the podcast Missing Richard Simmons here.)
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