Richard Simmons after hospitalization 2017

Recently, a representative for Richard Simmons announced the 68-year-old fitness guru had reentered the public for the first time in years only to seek hospital treatment for severe indigestion. Of course, the fact nobody had seen Simmons away from his California estate in years made the story unique. However, there was a genuine concern from supporters who speculated whether Simmons's hospital stay was a sign of something grave. Thankfully, Simmons shared a written post to calm the storm. Richard Simmons offered thanks to everyone who showed concern, revealing that he needed to learn to ask for help. Here's what the Facebook post revealed:

This has reminded me that when you need help you can't be afraid to reach out and ask for it. We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it's just bigger than we are. I reached out and I hope you will too. I'm sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!

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We love that excerpt from Richard Simmons's full Facebook post. Of course, it was on-brand for a man who built an empire helping people with unhealthy lifestyles push through their struggles to lose weight. The post also underscored previous comments by Michael Catalano, Simmons's manager, who said the Sweatin' to the Oldies mogul was all right and should recover soon. The message certainly sounds like something Simmons would say. Nevertheless, because Simmons himself did not post a video talking about the matter, the rumors that he is in poor shape could continue to surge despite the direct statement that read,

I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.

Over the past few years, many questions have risen regarding the workout tape entrepreneur's world behind the scenes. For a while, there were rumors that Simmons's housekeeper was holding him captive. Simmons himself called The Today Show to deny that claim and emphasize his good condition, but people still wondered if something dark or sad was occurring on his end of the phone. Rumors about Simmons, such as the claim that he was transitioning genders, persisted even after Simmons took to social media to deny them and explain himself. In fact, despite posts by Simmons, the investigative podcast Missing Richard Simmons managed to become one of the hottest since Serial, and now its creators reportedly are pitching the premise of it as an idea for a TV show.

Regardless, it is undeniable that the cheerful attitude Richard Simmons worked his whole life to promote is evident in his most recent message, and that makes us happy. We wish Simmons a full and speedy recovery from whatever is ailing him. We'll be here to let you know if any updates surface in this unusual saga.

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