It's the end of an era in Los Angeles. Richard Simmons' legendary exercise studio is closing down next month, according to a new report.
The fitness guru hasn't been to the famous studio, Slimmons, since retreating from the public eye nearly three years ago. He was once a fixture at the studio and his presence got people to come through the door, but customers reportedly slowly stopped coming without him there.
TMZ claims that the studio sent out notices that it would be shutting down, effective November 19th.
Richard's withdrawal from society has been well-documented. In 2014, reports surfaced that he had withdrawn from friends, and he refused to accept phone calls or allow people to enter his home. At the time, it was believed that he became reclusive as he battled knee problems.
His absence became so strange that in March friends wondered if he was being held against his will in his home by his housekeeper. Police, however, determined that everything was fine.
Hours after the report hit, Simmons' rep Tom Estey issued a statement to People magazine refuting the claims that he was a hostage. The rep said, "As I have stated in the past, these claims are untrue and preposterous. Richard, after 40 years of being in the spotlight, is now simply taking a break from the public eye and working behind the scenes to continue to help those millions of people worldwide in need of his assistance and on several projects to be announced soon."
On June 3, Richard was again in the news when he was taken to the hospital after his housekeeper called 911 claiming he had become incoherent and exhibited "bizarre behavior." As paramedics arrived, they were uncertain if he had suffered from a stroke or was suffering from mental disease, like dementia.
He later said in a statement that it was simply a case of dehydration.