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Richard Simmons hospitalized, but recovering, report says



If you've heard the viral podcast Missing Richard Simmonsyou know it's a rare occasion that anyone knows where reclusive fitness icon Richard Simmons is these days, but on Monday he was in the hospital, according to a report.

Simmons' rep told ABC News that Simmons was taken to an unspecified California hospital after "battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating." The rep added, "He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."

The eccentric, 68-year-old star who presided over a fitness video empire for decades has been the subject of much speculation recently, especially after the podcast about his sudden withdrawal from public life topped the charts last month.

Simmons hasn't made a public appearance for several years, but did address people's concerns about him in a Today show phone interview in 2016, saying people shouldn't worry about him.

"I just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a little while,'' Simmons told Savannah Guthrie. "... you know right now I just want to sort of take care of me."

Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

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Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:59pm]


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