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Richard Simmons

Beloved Dog's Death

Triggered Emotional Crisis

11/14/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Richard Simmons Dog DiedThe death of Richard Simmons' dog played an important part in the depression that has turned him into a shut-in ... a dog he considered his child.

TMZ broke the story ... Richard hasn't been seen in public for almost 11 months ... and the trigger was a looming knee replacement which shut Richard down professionally and socially. 

Sources close to Richard tell us his Dalmatian Hattie died within days of his last public sighting back in January. Richard took the dog with him when he was out and about in L.A. and would often brag about her in his exercise classes.

Richard -- who never had kids of his own -- treated Hattie like a child. Richard had several Dalmatians and Hattie was the last survivor.  

Richard had a deep bond with the dog, who was 17 when she died ... and it destroyed him.

The knee was the trigger, but the dog was the emotional tug that contributed to Richard's life paralysis.


Richard Simmons


Injury and Depression

11/13/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

2:40 P.M. PST -- Richard just posted a message on his Facebook page:

1113_richard_simmons_facebook_postupdate_grey_gray_barSomething is seriously wrong with Richard Simmons ... he disappeared for almost the entire year ... and we're told there's a physical problem that has led to 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.

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.

Richard has not shown up at his famed studio, Slimmons in Beverly Hills, for months. Simmons was a fixture there, regularly teaching classes. The staff offers no explanation for his prolonged absence.

A source extremely close to Richard -- one of the few people with whom he is in contact --  tells TMZ the fitness guru is in a massive state of depression over a bum knee. He says doctors told Richard he needs a left knee replacement and if he doesn't get one he will never be able to exercise again.

The source says Richard is terrified of the surgery and has put it off all year. He had a right knee replacement 4 years ago and he put off that surgery for nearly a decade ... he was that frightened.

We're told Richard has tried stem cell and red blood platelet therapy -- like Kobe Bryant -- but it failed.

We're told he's paralyzed with fear and depression, which has made him a shut in for 2014.

Other friends and business associates tell TMZ they don't believe this is just a knee problem ... they think it's more serious.

We left a message for Richard, but he did not return our calls.



Lamar Odom

Still Workin' On My Fitness

... Without Khloe

11/6/2014 11:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

His NBA career is likely over ... but Lamar Odom is still working out hard -- possibly preparing his body to reenter the dating pool. 

With his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian having moved on to French Montana ... Odom has been spotted working out at an L.A. gym and running along the beach in the last few weeks. 

As we previously reported, Lamar has been putting off finalizing the divorce ... but maybe the fact he's tuning up his body is a sign that he's finally ready to rebound. 

Fun Fact -- today's Lamar's birthday. Happy 35th!


NFL Star James Harrison

Bangs Out Push Ups

With 300 lb. Man On His Back!!

11/4/2014 9:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Age means NOTHING to James Harrison -- especially when it comes to brute strength -- 'cause the Steelers linebacker just knocked out a set of push-ups with a 304 lb. lineman on his back!!

The 36-year-old superstar -- one of the oldest guys in the NFL -- let teammate Maurkice Pouncey sit on his back while he got some chest work in during a gym session early Tuesday morning.

Do the math ... 275 (Harrison's weight) + 304 (Pouncey's weight) = STRONG.

Of course, Harrison came out of retirement to rejoin the Steelers this season and absolutely KILLED IT this weekend ... single-handedly terrorizing Ravens QB Joe Flacco all game long.

Then again, James never really stopped working out ... the guy was pushing serious weight in the Steelers gym even before he officially resigned with the team.



Caroline Wozniacki

Crushing NFL and NBA Players ...

26.2 Miles at a Time

11/3/2014 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NYC Marathon PhotosTennis champ Caroline Wozniacki didn't just run her first New York City Marathon over the weekend ... she finished it by shaming some world class male athletes too!

Caroline was greeted at the finish line by her BFF Serena Williams -- and nearly TWO HOURS later ... former New York Giants star Tiki Barber crossed the finish line!

Wozniacki's time was 3:26:33 -- an amazing time for anyone, much less someone running her first marathon. Besides Tiki ... CW also beat NBA players like Dikembe Mutombo, Allan Houston, and Charles Oakley -- who ran on a relay team. Checkout our gallery for shots of all the famous marathoners (and some spectators.) 

Yes, it's impressive just to finish -- but it's also cool to have bragging rights. Just ask Caroline.

French Montana

I Slacked Off With Khloe

But Now I've Got Some Serious Abs

10/25/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

French Montana Weight LossFrench Montana admits he packed on a few lbs while he was dating Khloe Kardashian ... but now that they're history, he's transformed his oversized gut into rock-hard abs.

French saw Khloe turn into a fitness machine after their breakup in early September, and he followed suit ... hitting the weights with producer Mally Mall at CrossFit in Sherman Oaks.

We're told Khloe's appearance in workout videos and her obvious weight loss the last couple months has been French's inspiration.

Another motivation ... French also has a new album set to drop in December.

Rob Kardashian, your move.


'Full House' Stars

Yoga Reunion in Vancouver

10/19/2014 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1019-full-house-yoga-PCN-01Kimmy Gibbler is gonna be jealous ... 'cause her best bud DJ ditched her to hit up a yoga class with Aunt Becky.

Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Laughlin were photographed in Vancouver outside a yoga class Saturday -- probably just catching up on their relationships with Steve and Jesse.

Also spotted ... Uncle Joey nearby with Mr. Woodchuck, Danny at home cleaning and Michelle just being cute somewhere.

Yes, we miss "Full House."

Strippers Quarantined

For Ebola Scare

... But Would You Still?

10/17/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1017_axl_and_taylor_facebookTwo strippers won't be hitting up the champagne room for the next 21 days because they're in Ebola quarantine ... but once they get out, would you still let them rub their junk on your lap?

Texas flop jockeys Axl Goode and Taylor Cole say they sat 3-feet from Ebola patient, nurse Amber Vinson -- during a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday -- so they called the CDC.

The buffed out strippers were on hold for 81 minutes before they finally got an official on the line.  After that, they were placed on a 21 day voluntary quarantine.

So, sometime next month Goode and Cole will be back on their grind. But we gotta ask ...

Golf Legend Gary Player

5,200 Sit-Ups Per Week

... At 78-Years-Old!!!

10/7/2014 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's 78-years-old ... but golf legend Gary Player tells TMZ Sports he still knocks out 5,200 sit-ups every single week!!!!!!!!

This is no joke. 

The South African stallion was making his way through NYC Monday when he told us about his incredible fitness regimen ... a regimen that landed him on the cover of ESPN's Body Issue in 2013. 

1007-subasset-gary-player-espnAnd it's clear from the video ... even as he's pushing 80, Player has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. 

Soooo ... what's your excuse?

'Biggest Loser' Star

Slams 1,000 Cal Breakfast

Before Fat-Sucking Sesh

9/7/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Ajay Rochester -- who hosted Australia's version of "The Biggest Loser" -- just had 1.5 Liters of fat sucked out of her body ... but first, she bellied up to a 1,000 calorie breakfast of bacon, eggs and hash browns.

Ajay hit up Dr. Aaron Rollins Friday at Elite Body Sculpture in Bev Hills, and got something called an Airsculpt Laser Lipo -- a fancy name for precision fat sucking. We're told Ajay was 100% awake for the procedure -- no needles, no cutting, no stitches -- while the doc targeted her chin and arms.

Ajay says her ultimate goal is rocking sleeveless dresses and tops -- not that she w
as thinking about that when breakfast was served. 


Ex-NFL Star James Harrison


Destroys Steelers Weight Room

9/5/2014 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He just retired, but ex-Super Bowl hero James Harrison is still out to prove he can outlift EVERYONE in the NFL ... by crashing the Pittsburgh Steelers gym and dominating the bench press.

With current Steelers Ike Taylor and Lawrence Timmons spotting him (shirtless for some reason), the former linebacker repped out 405 POUNDS like it was nothing. 

The video is pretty hilarious ... and a tad frightening ... with 36-year-old Harrison explaining that he doesn't plan on shrinking down in his retirement.


Gisele Bundchen

Adriana Lima Would Kick Her Ass

... Says Pro Boxer

9/4/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904-kid-chocolate-gisele-adriana-getty-01Sure, she put a hurtin' on a heavy bag in that new Under Armour ad -- but how would Gisele do in a real fight with fellow supermodel pugilist Adriana Lima??  She'd get her perfectly sculpted ass kicked. 

At least according to actual boxing champ Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin

By now you've seen the Gisele ad -- and it's impressive -- but she can't hold a candle to Lima ... who's been boxing for years and even trained with Manny Pacquaio

"Seeing [Lima] hit the pads, I expect her to do better in the ring than Gisele," Quillin says ... noting her form, her power and her precision. 

"Hitting the pads is different than hitting the bag ... it's harder. You have to have more direction with the pads. But you really never know what kind of fight someone has until they step in the ring." 

But Quillin says he was definitely impressed with Gisele too ... especially when it came to her physique. 

"Her six pack was on point!"

Rita Ora

Cleavage 1,

Zipper 0

9/4/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904-rita-ora-pcnRita Ora slipped into the sexiest body suit since Catwoman ... and took it for a stroll around London Wednesday.

Damn. Now we get it, Rob K.

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