This is so hard to hear.
TMZ is exclusively reporting that fitness guru/icon Richard Simmons could be battling a serious depression, which is keeping him from the public eye. According to sources, Richard hasn't been seen in public in nearly a year, with his last appearance in January at a charity event
The report coming in is that Richard is battling severe depression in the wake of a knee injury that he has been postponing treatment on. The surgery is actually a knee replacement, and Richard is said to be very scared to have it done.
The same report is saying that Richard had a knee replacement surgery four years ago, and had actually put that one off as well for nearly ten years. That's how scared he was.
TMZ is stating that Richard had gone pretty much radio silent, cutting everyone and not making any public appearances. One source close to Richard, who he is still in contact with, says the problems could be much bigger.
Let's hope he can pull through this.