Friends Fear For Richard Simmons As He Retreats From Public Eye — See The Way He Was In 15 Fabulous Clicks

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Nov. 26 2014, Updated 7:14 a.m. ET

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Richard Simmons never met a sequin or a marabou feather he didn’t like. But in recent months, his over-the-top wardrobe has been gathering dust as he’s retreated from the public eye. Such a hibernation is out of character for the out and about exercise guru, and according to The National ENQUIRER, it’s raised concerns that he could be depressed — or even considering suicide!

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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Simmons out in Beverly Hills, CA

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Normally a fixture on red carpets and Hollywood sidewalks, Simmons hasn’t been seen in public since February.

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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Simmons out in Beverly Hills, CA

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Normally a fixture on red carpets and Hollywood sidewalks, Simmons hasn’t been seen in public since February.

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Richard Simmons wears a tartan skirt in Beverly Hills

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Initially reports said his retreat from the spotlight was due to a knee injury, but friends fear it could be something more sinister, according to The ENQUIRER.

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Richard Simmons wears a tartan skirt in Beverly Hills

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Initially reports said his retreat from the spotlight was due to a knee injury, but friends fear it could be something more sinister, according to The ENQUIRER.

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Richard Simmons wears angel wings while out to lunch in beverly hills

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One concerned friend told The ENQUIRER she was concerned he might resort to “medication swapping, trying to find the right medication.”

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Richard Simmons wears angel wings while out to lunch in beverly hills

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One concerned friend told The ENQUIRER she was concerned he might resort to “medication swapping, trying to find the right medication.”

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Richard Simmons camouflages into the foilage of beverly hills as he wears an outfit made out of leaves and butterflies

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“If he was prescribed something that really didn’t work, it might give him suicidal thoughts,” she claimed.

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Richard Simmons camouflages into the foilage of beverly hills as he wears an outfit made out of leaves and butterflies

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“If he was prescribed something that really didn’t work, it might give him suicidal thoughts,” she claimed.

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Richard Simmons twirls his feathered boa in Beverly Hills, Ca

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“If his depression worsened with the meds,” she said, “I’m afraid he might really start contemplating leaving the planet.”

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Richard Simmons twirls his feathered boa in Beverly Hills, Ca

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“If his depression worsened with the meds,” she said, “I’m afraid he might really start contemplating leaving the planet.”

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Richard Simmons poses for photographs outside of his dance studio in Beverly Hills, Ca

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Simmons’ rep denied he was on antidepressants.

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Richard Simmons poses for photographs outside of his dance studio in Beverly Hills, Ca

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Simmons’ rep denied he was on antidepressants.

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Richard Simmons in Beverly Hills

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He also is not “clinically depressed,” the rep said.

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Richard Simmons in Beverly Hills

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He also is not “clinically depressed,” the rep said.

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Richard Simmons Performs a Fitness Class in Beverly Hills, CA

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But he is “sad, yes,” the rep admitted.

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Richard Simmons Performs a Fitness Class in Beverly Hills, CA

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But he is “sad, yes,” the rep admitted.

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“He is not seeing a psychiatrist because he doesn’t need to,” the rep told The Enquirer.

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“He is not seeing a psychiatrist because he doesn’t need to,” the rep told The Enquirer.

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An insider said Simmons, 66, is increasingly frustrated by his “irrelevant life.”

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An insider said Simmons, 66, is increasingly frustrated by his “irrelevant life.”

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In recent weeks, the source said, he’s become consumed with the suicides of celebrities like Robin Williams and L’Wren Scott.

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In recent weeks, the source said, he’s become consumed with the suicides of celebrities like Robin Williams and L’Wren Scott.

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One early warning sign was when he skipped the funeral of close friend Joan Rivers this summer.

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One early warning sign was when he skipped the funeral of close friend Joan Rivers this summer.

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He’s also been missing from his famed exercise studio in Beverly Hills.

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He’s also been missing from his famed exercise studio in Beverly Hills.

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Richard Simmons Brightens Up the Studio for His 63rd Birthday!

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“We’re beyond worried,” the source told The ENQUIRER.

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Richard Simmons Brightens Up the Studio for His 63rd Birthday!

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“We’re beyond worried,” the source told The ENQUIRER.

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Said the source, “We just hope he starts seeing a shrink before he does something horrible.”

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“Swim for Relief” Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery – Day 2

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Said the source, “We just hope he starts seeing a shrink before he does something horrible.”

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