Television personality and fitness guru Richard Simmons has disappeared from the public eye for almost a year, and now TMZ.com is reporting that he’s suffering from debilitating depression.
“Simmons was last photographed in public January 11th at a charity event. TMZ got video of Richard later that evening, but that’s the last time anyone has seen him in public,” the story reports.
The report adds: “Various people who are extremely close to Richard tell TMZ … he has gone radio silent with them, he does not accept or return phone calls, and he has his housekeeper turn people away when they come to visit him.”
The story notes that Simmons has fallen into depression because he needs a knee replacement, and he’s said to be “terrified of the surgery,” the story reports. That has led to him becoming a shut-in in 2014, TMZ adds.