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I know that Richard Simmons isn’t exactly someone we would normally talk about here, but I have been fascinated by all the bizarre stories surrounding him lately.
Like this one from NY Daily News….
Wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants, a gaunt Simmons led Oliveira through the foyer, and into the living room. “Mauro, we can no longer see each other,” Simmons told him in a quiet, defeated voice. It was April 2014. Oliveira, a 49-year-old from Brazil with the burly arms and trim physique of a gym rat and close-cropped black hair, had met Simmons 13 months earlier, and the two became fast friends. But he was catching a weird vibe lately, and hadn’t seen him in a while, before the then 65-year-old Simmons summoned him to the mansion, saying only that they needed to talk.
“What’s going on, Richard?” Oliveira asked. “Why are you saying that?”
“I don’t know,” Simmons replied. “I just want to be by myself, and I want to be in the house, and we’re never going to see each other again.”
Simmons’ home is a mixture of classical architecture and design that recalls his New Orleans youth. He collects offbeat pieces, including a menagerie of dolls highlighted by a rare Barbra Streisand model and the colorful work of Mexican painter and sculptor Sergio Bustamante. As they spoke, he and Oliveira stood near an ornate grand piano.
“Let’s talk it over,” Oliveira said. “I want to sit here, and make sure you’ll be OK. Let’s go upstairs, I’ll give you a massage and relax you.”
Simmons called up to Teresa Reveles, his live-in housekeeper of nearly three decades. “Mauro is going upstairs with me,” he said.
“No, no, no!” Reveles shouted from the second floor, according to Oliveira. “Get out! Get out!”
Oliveira looked at his friend, who told him in a soft voice, “You’ve gotta go.”
Oliveira leaned in toward Simmons. “Is she controlling your life now?”
That Daily News piece, which is quite lengthy and interesting, is one of many, many pieces that have been written about the disappearance of Richards Simmons since 2013. It seems he has not left his property at all in the last three, almost four years.
There have been a few concerned friends that have actually sent the LAPD to his home to do a wellness check. Simmons’ longtime manager, Michael Catalano, Teresa his housekeeper of many years, as well as his brother have been accused of holding him hostage inside his home. But when the LAPD does a check, they always say he is fine, and he just wants to be left alone. Are they questioning him alone? Are they checking out the people in the house?
Oliveira, who is from Brazil, is convinced that Teresa the housekeeper, who is from Mexico is doing some sort of Latin Black magic on his friend.
This is one of the last interviews I found of Richard Simmons. It was in April or 2012 with Men’s Health. He was still leading 90 minute exercise classes at his studio, Hyper and happy as ever.
Simmons: I’m 63. I’ll be 64 this summer.
MH: You could retire. I don’t think anybody would accuse you of slacking.
Simmons: Oh no, I couldn’t do that. I wouldn’t be able to sit still. If I have to die, I want to combust in the middle of one of my classes.
If you have never heard of Richard Simmons, he was an exercise guru who was the most obnoxiously outgoing person on the planet. There was literally no one who was more anxious to be on TV or to lead the aerobics classes at his student or literally run around town tossing glitter confetti! He was annoying talkative. He had a lot of friends. He’s VERY RICH. He went to work every day at his studio. And then one day it all stopped.
This is so weird to me.
Supposedly he was depressed about needing a knee replacement. He had already had one done and didn’t want to do it again. But he has missed funerals of close friends and will not speak to anyone on the phone at all.
TMZ has just reported that Richard has been hospitalized.
Sources tell us, Simmons was acting in an unusually strange manner just before midnight when someone at his Hollywood Hills home became sufficiently alarmed to call 911. Paramedics rushed to the home and evaluated Richard, determining he should go to a hospital for evaluation. We’re told Simmons agreed to be taken to the hospital and he was transported to Cedars Sinai. We do not know if Simmons is still hospitalized.
This is scary. It was likely the evil housekeeper that called. I hope they quarantined him somewhere and did a full drug panel on him, include any known substances used in “black magic.” If it is bad enough for her to call 911, she may think she has done enough to finish him off. #ConspiracyTheory
A quote in the Daily News story by Oliveira is rather chilling. “If Richard never comes out of the shadows and says he is OK, then no one will ever know the truth. His fans will just wake up one day and see the horrible story that he passed away.”
The last time TMZ caught him out and about was January of 2014.
I fear this will not end well.
TMZ seems to think the guy in the back seat is Richard going home from the hospital last night. What do you think?