Richard Simmons was released from Cedars-Sinai hospital, yesterday afternoon. According to USA Today, Simmons’ representative informed his fans that the 67-year-old fitness guru was fine. The information was released in an email, written by spokesman Tom Estey.
In March, it was Estey who spoke up and said allegations suggesting that Richard was being held captive in his home were “ludicrous.” He went on to say that the TV personality no longer enjoyed being in the public eye. It was as simple as that.
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Jezebel also reported Richard Simmons’ Saturday discharge. He was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center the night before. No one is exactly sure who summoned medical personnel to Simmons’ home on Friday night. However, there is speculation that the 911 callers were Simmons’ friend and his longtime housekeeper.
Apparently, Simmons was exhibiting “bizarre conduct.” No one was sure if he suffered a stroke, was dealing with dementia, or something totally unrelated. No ailment has been confirmed. In fact, there has been no official word on his diagnosis whatsoever.
As recently reported by the Inquisitr, it hasn’t been that long since Richard Simmons was in the news. Three months ago, his friend contacted the NY Daily News with disturbing information. Mauro Oliveira claimed that Richard was being held in his Hollywood Hills home by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. The friend also claimed that the housekeeper practiced black magic.
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It doesn’t stop there. Oliveira also made several other accusations. Among them were that Simmons’ manager, Michael Catalano, and his own brother, Lenny, were in cahoots with the housekeeper’s actions.
In part, this is Mauro Oliveira’s somewhat confusing statement, to the NY Daily News. Keep in mind, Reveles is from Mexico.
“I think tormented is the best word to describe [Richard Simmons’] mental state. I think it was (caused by) black magic, witchcraft. That’s not close to your culture, but to my culture in Brazil, and to Mexicans that is a real thing. They invoke the spirits. They light black candles, and red and blue candles. I’ve never participated. I only saw from a distance.”
Teresa Reveles was never charged with any type of crime. She denied keeping her employer hostage inside his home. If the information is true, in regards to who recently called 911, it looks as though Reveles is still working for the Sweatin’ with the Oldies creator.
TMZ reported that law enforcement officials did a welfare check on Richard Simmons in January, 2015. At that time, officers found no reason to be concerned with Richard’s well-being.
The fitness mogul went so far as to tell the LAPD that he had made the decision to cut out many people in his life. He then showed the officers his address book, indicating that someone could call (and verify) the people he still kept in contact with. The officers declined the offer.
The fact that Simmons hadn’t been seen in public since December of 2013 added to the mystery of his so-called disappearance. His last public appearance was in Los Angeles, where he attended a holiday-related concert.
After all of this came to light, Richard Simmons resurfaced and told the public that he was fine. He also did his best to assure everyone that if he was in trouble, he would ask for help.
What do you think about all of the mystery surrounding Richard Simmons? Do you think his recent “bizarre conduct” has something to do with his housekeeper or someone close to him? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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