Can’t he vanish without explanation, without being hounded? But that choice can’t suppress or erase the geyser of good will that Simmons unleashed over the decades.
“What we’re doing is something of a grand gesture,” Taberski, 43, said on the phone recently.
A red van of star-seeking tourists idles briefly, barely stopping.
In the past, Simmons would scurry out of his house to greet the gawkers.
abandoning longtime friends, and even turning his back on his famous exercise studio where he was a fixture.
Friends and family were so alarmed they called the police, who did a welfare check in January, but the cops say Richard was lucid and relaxed. although Richard hasn't shown up at his exercise studio for well over a year, when you call the number it sounds like Richard may always return the next day ...
“Spending so much time thinking and talking about Richard Simmons and really understanding who he is — or trying to — has really showed me just the importance of kindness,” Taberski said. “Not to worry, Richard’s fine,” Simmons promised on the “Today” show last year.
Richard Simmons has surfaced once again — this time in the legal arena.
Following a report Thursday claiming he is suffering from a deep depression that has essentially made him a shut-in, the exercise guru took to Facebook to say he’s been having a “tough time” dealing with an injury but avoided all mention of the word depression.In the middle of it all, a forlorn scale where his students measured pounds sacrificed to the oldies.“I knew him very well, but I don’t know what happened to him,” says Germen Helleon, the proprietor of a hair salon next door, on Civic Center Drive.Richard Simmons has not been seen in public for almost 2 years, and that's exactly the way he wants it because he just doesn't want to be famous anymore.It's coming up on 2 years since Richard vanished from public view ...