Richard Simmons, 68, has been hospitalized for “severe indigestion,” according to his manager Michael Catalano.


The exercise guru was under observation “on Monday at an undisclosed location in California,” Catalano said. “After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment. [He is] already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Simmons posted on his public Facebook account Wednesday morning to speak about his recent hospitalization. “Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes,” he writes. “You will never know how much it means to me,” Simmons wrote. “Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well, by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.”

He posted a photo of himself from 2014 along with the message. “This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it,” the post continued. “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! Love, Richard.”

The fitness icon has been in recent headlines, as he has disappeared from the spotlight for nearly three years, last seen in public in 2014. His unknown whereabouts even sparked a popular new podcast, called Missing Richard Simmons from Daily Show producer Dan Taberski.
Catalano hinted that Simmons might be willing to appear publicly to promote a new product line, but nothing has been finalized. He also reasserts that Simmons “hasn’t officially announced his retirement.”


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