Is Richard Simmons really "missing"?
The 68-year-old boisterous fitness guru, who rose to fame in the '80s with his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" aerobics videos, has not been photographed in public for more than three years and is the subject of a popular podcast called Missing Richard Simmons from Dan Taberski, a former regular at Simmons' Beverly Hills studio, which closed last year.
Meanwhile, the star's absence has spurred rumors and concern about his health. In 2016, he was hospitalized after reportedly exhibiting strange behavior and later said he was treated for dehydration. This week, his rep said Simmons was hospitalized Monday "after a few days of battling severe indigestion" and was feeling better and was expected to make a full recovery.
Amid Simmons' absence, messages appearing to be from him have continued to be posted on his Facebook page regularly. On Wednesday, it featured a health update and a photo of the star smiling.