Richard Simmons Alarms Fans with 'Dying' Remark, Later Clarifies

Fitness Icon's Remark Sparks Emotional Rollercoaster Among Fans.

by Nouman Rasool
Richard Simmons Alarms Fans with 'Dying' Remark, Later Clarifies
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In an unexpected turn of events this Monday, beloved former fitness guru Richard Simmons caused a wave of concern among his followers with a baffling message on his Facebook page, stating, "I am... dying." The 75-year-old fitness icon, known for his vibrant personality and enthusiastic approach to health and exercise, prefaced his startling declaration with, "I have some news to tell you.

Please don’t be sad." He quickly followed up with a clarification that seemed to perplex and alarm many, "Oh I can see your faces now. The truth is, we all are dying. Every day that we live, we inch closer to our inevitable end." This cryptic message prompted an immediate response from Simmons' longtime manager, Tom Estey, who assured Fox News Digital that Richard Simmons is very much alive and thriving.

"With absolute certainty, I can say Richard is not facing death. He is, in reality, in excellent health and spirits. The intent behind his post was purely to motivate and inspire," Estey clarified.

Simmons' Shocking Message

Simmons' initial words sparked quite the commotion among his fanbase online, with numerous fans expressing their initial shock and relief upon reading the entirety of his message.

Comments ranged from expressions of momentary heartbreak to gratitude for the fitness legend's continued zest for life and wellbeing. Delving deeper into his message, Simmons sought to inspire his audience to embrace each day with joy and gratitude.

He encouraged his followers to appreciate the simple pleasures of life, such as witnessing the beauty of the morning sky and cherishing each moment. The fitness maven emphasized the importance of maintaining a balanced diet, suggesting starting the day with a nutritious breakfast and not skimping on healthy meals throughout the day.

Moreover, Simmons, who has taken a step back from public life in recent years, reminded his fans of the importance of regular physical activity. He promoted the use of his fitness videos available on YouTube as a means to keep moving and stretching, advocating for a daily regimen that includes cardiovascular and strength exercises to enhance overall well-being.

In a heartfelt conclusion to his message, Simmons underscored the significance of expressing love and affection towards loved ones and recommended listening to Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" as a reminder to live each day fully and with purpose.

Following the uproar caused by his original post, Simmons also addressed his followers on X, formerly known as Twitter, to apologize for any confusion or concern his message may have caused. He reiterated his intention to highlight the value of cherishing every day and living life to the fullest.

Richard Simmons, who first gained fame in the 1970s after opening a gym in Los Angeles, became a household name in the '80s and '90s through his high-energy workout videos, such as "Sweatin' to the Oldies." Known for his exuberant personality and distinctive attire, Simmons has been a vocal advocate for health and fitness throughout his career, making numerous appearances on television shows and inspiring countless individuals to pursue a healthier lifestyle.