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Inside Richard Simmons' Retreat from the Spotlight: 'There Were Days Where It Seemed Like There Was No Life in Him at All'
Originally posted 06/08/2016 03:50PM
Richard Simmons has always been the life of the party.
Known for his enthusiastic 1980s workout videos, hilarious late-night talk show visits and outlandish outfits, the fitness guru could still command the attention of sold-out audiences well into his 60s.
"He seemed so high on life," a source tells PEOPLE of Simmons' demeanor while teaching classes at his Slimmons Studios in Beverly Hills, California, as recently as 2014.
Originally posted 06/08/2016 01:05PM
Richard Simmons is not taking steps toward transitioning into a woman.
"It's not true," Simmons' rep Tom Estey tells PEOPLE in response to reports about the fitness guru. "He is not transitioning into a woman. He has decided to live quietly the last few years. He had knee surgery a few years ago and has a bum knee. He is still on Twitter and Facebook and works behind the scenes continuing to inspire and motivate people to lose weight. When he decides to come back, he will come back."
Estey adds, that Simmons "was in the hospital over the weekend for dehydration and was out the next day. He's a human being. He was in the public eye for over three decades, but he deserves his privacy. He should be able to have a private life. He just needed a break. He is still taking care of the people who need his help."
Originally posted 06/05/2016 07:00PM
Richard Simmons was transported to a Los Angeles hospital on Friday night from his Hollywood Hills, California, home, due to dehydration, he has said in a statement.
Richard Simmons, 67, Denies He Is Being Held Against His Will and Vows to Make a Comeback: 'You Haven't Seen the Last of Me'
Originally posted 03/14/2016 08:15AM
Iconic fitness instructor Richard Simmons is denying rumors that he is being held against his will inside his home – and is vowing to make a comeback.
Originally posted 03/12/2016 04:50PM
Iconic fitness instructor Richard Simmons is not in any danger, according to his rep.
Originally posted 11/13/2014 08:10PM
Richard Simmons will be back.
Originally posted 08/25/2013 08:55PM
Is Katy Perry now Sweatin' to the Oldies?
If this awesomely random photo is any indication, we think the answer is yes.
Perry, 28, and perennially amped-up exercise guru Richard Simmons, 65, posed for this shot on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards outside Brooklyn's Barclay's Center Sunday evening.
Originally posted 10/11/2011 04:30PM
Richard Simmons isn't slowing down anytime soon.
Even though the fitness guru, 63, had bloggers buzzing after an appearance on Dancing with the Stars Monday night – during which he looked especially thin – his longtime rep Tom Estey tells PEOPLE, "He's the healthiest he's ever been."
"He's actually at the weight he was when we launched the original Sweatin' to the Oldies," Estey says of the workout videos that skyrocketed Simmons's career in 1988. "He is completely healthy, happy and fit as a fiddle."
Originally posted 03/22/2010 08:30AM
Jane Fonda is ready to make the world sweat again: On May 1, the actress will host the first-ever World Fitness Day in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
The fitness guru – who inspired the nation to "feel the burn!" in the '70s with her at-home workout videos – decided to host the event to promote "the fun and value of exercise," Fonda tells PEOPLE. "It can be a determining factor in the quality of your life and it's never too late to start."
More than 3,000 participants will have the opportunity to sign-up for work-out sessions that range from aerobics with Richard Simmons to tae-bo with Billy Blanks. The event will also be available live online via ustream.tv.
Originally posted 03/26/2004 01:00PM
SLAPPIN' TO THE OLDIES: Don't even think about stepping into the ring with exercise guru Richard Simmons. On Wednesday the "Sweatin' to the Oldies" king went head-to-head with an ultimate cage fighter at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport after the man made a crack about Simmons's classic fitness videos. The 6'2", 250-lb. fighter, whose name was not released, pointed out Simmons and suggested that people in line start exercising. At that point, Simmons allegedly approached the man and slapped him. According to reports, Simmons told him, "You shouldn't make fun of people who have issues." Simmons was cited by police and then allowed to leave on his flight.
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