For years, Richard Simmons, better known as the fitness guru, has been a household name for most Americans. But reports have circulated talking about his mysterious disappearance.
Until recently, Mauro Oliveira, Simmons’ most trusted masseur and assistant, claimed that it has been two years since he has seen him. Oliveira’s claims were published by the NY Daily News, which have gone viral since its publication.
In the article, Oliveira claims that Simmons is likely being controlled by people close to him. Oliveira went on to say that he feels something bad is happening to Simmons.
One of Simmons’ Hollywood friends who spoke under anonymity was quoted as saying by the NY Daily News, “It’s not something that I want to seek publicity about, but we are very concerned. Teresa did turn me away several times. He has missed funerals of close friends. He was the most reliable and caring person on the planet, and then to suddenly vanish? I have come to believe that something else is happening. I don’t think Richard is in there of his own volition.”
The report also claims that some of Simmons’ closest friends have zero contact with the guru for more than two years now. The sudden disappearance leaves many puzzled.
Oliveira added that he suspects that Simmons is being controlled by other people. He added that these people might be taking advantage of Simmons’ weak mental state.
However, in a report published by People, Tom Estey, the star’s representative, said that the public should not worry about Simmons’ condition, as the iconic fitness guru is merely taking a break from the noise of showbiz. Estey went on to say that claims about Simmons’ alleged disappearance are “untrue and preposterous.”