The veteran TV personality, who has been in hiding since 2014, had been experiencing "discomfort while eating" for a few days before agreeing to seek medical help at a California hospital, according to his manager, Richard Catalano. In March, ABC News confirmed that an LAPD detective conducted a welfare check on Simmons and said he's doing fine.
The reason for his reemergence is severe indigestion, which has landed the workout guru in a local hospital.
The speculation picked up considerable steam with the recent viral podcast "Missing Richard Simmons", in which Simmons' former masseuse and assistant voiced ongoing accusations that Simmons' longtime housekeeper was essentially keeping him hostage in his Hollywood Hills mansion. In an exclusive phone interview with ET in March 2016, Simmons addressed the fascination over his new private life and said, "no one should be anxious about me".
Catalano added that Simmons, 68, is on the mend.
Another rep of Simmpons, Tom Estey, said the rumors were a "complete load of crap" and that Simmons has simply chosen to remove himself from the spotlight.More news: MLB Predictions: Astros host Angels, will they win sixth straight? 4/18/17
In fact, even suggesting that he could possibly come out might help drum up interest in some vendors.
'Richard Simmons is a beloved American icon and a proven retail brand, ' Dan Levin, a managing member of Prominent, told License Global.
'He changed lives, and he's a genius businessperson.
His rep said that he is already feeling better.