Richard Simmons ‘healthy and happy’ after social media post sparked concerns

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Richard Simmons speaking at an event in New York in 2006.


Richard Simmons is “very healthy and happy”, according to his spokesperson, after social media posts by the fitness celebrity raised concerns about his current health.

“I have some news to tell you. Please don’t be sad. I am …. Dying,” Simmons, 75, wrote In a post on Facebook and X on Monday. “The truth is that we are all dying. Every day we live we are getting closer to our death.”

“Why am I telling you this?” Simmons Ongoing, “Because I want you to enjoy life to the fullest every day. Wake up in the morning and look at the sky…count your blessings and enjoy.”

Contacted by CNN, Simmons spokesperson Tom Estes clarified that the posts were motivational in nature and not a personal announcement related to his health.

“I can confirm with a hundred percent certainty that Richard is not dying,” Estes told CNN. “In fact, he is very healthy and happy. The sole purpose of the post was to be inspirational.

In connection with the posts on his X page, Simmons writes about healthy eating and encourages his followers to watch his workout videos, available on his YouTube channel.

“A big hug really goes a long way,” she wrote at the end of her post.

Simmons grew a fitness business and became a television regular in the 1980s with a reputation as a community health advocate.

He has remained out of the public eye in recent years, but the circumstances surrounding his whereabouts and well-being have provided a fair share of internet feeds.

On occasion, Simmons will share personal updates on his social media pages, writing in a January Facebook post, “I just try to live a quiet life and be peaceful.”

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