After nearly three years of being out of the spotlight, Richard Simmons resurfaced, but it wasn’t for anything good. On Monday, according to E! , the iconic fitness guru was hospitalized with severe indigestion ! Back in April of this year, Simmons signed a new deal to promote his merchandise. After his ordeal in the hospital, doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery.
In case you forgot, Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons was born July 12, 1948. He is an American fitness guru, actor, and comedian. He promotes weight-loss programs, prominently through his Sweatin’ to the Oldies line of aerobics videos and is known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality.
Simmons began his weight-loss career by opening a gym called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California, catering to the overweight, and he became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products. He is often parodied and was a frequent guest of late night television talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show.
Simmons has not made any major public appearances since 2014, and stopped appearing in public at all in February of that year. In March 2016, speculation began that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper. In response, on March 14, Simmons gave an audio interview on the Today Show, denying the rumors. In November, Slimmons closed, without any public announcement from Simmons. In February 2017, the podcast Missing Richard Simmons launched, investigating why Simmons left public life so suddenly. In March 2017, LAPD detectives visited Simmons’ home to conduct a welfare check, issuing a statement that Simmons is “perfectly fine” and that “right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business.”
Simmons continues to promote health and has broadened his activities to include political activism, notably in support of a bill mandating non-competitive physical education in public schools as a part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”.
Written By Christopher Mabry
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