A representative for Simmons released a statement the day after the piece was published, which sounded a lot like the one Catalano made to NY Daily:

“Richard, after 40 years of being in the spotlight, is now simply taking a break from the public eye and working behind the scenes to continue to help those millions of people worldwide in need of his assistance and on several projects to be announced soon.”


Simmons himself has yet to comment on the matter at this time.

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