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Reclusive Richard Simmons says he’s ‘dying’ in bizarre post: ‘Please don’t be sad’

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Richard Simmons said he is “dying” in a bizarre Facebook post Monday.

“I have some news to tell you. Please don’t be sad. I am ….dying,” the recluse fitness guru, 75, wrote. “Oh I can see your faces now. The truth is we all are dying. Every day we live we are getting closer to our death.

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

Simmons then shared several wellness tips with his followers, urging them to eat a Healthy diet and move their bodies daily.

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Richard Simmons said he is “dying.” Getty Images
Richard Simmons
“I have some news to tell you. Please don’t be sad. I am ….dying,” he wrote on Facebook. Getty Images

“Every day that you are alive you have got to move,” he added. “Whether it is standing or sitting you have got move your body every day. Start with stretching then cardio and strength.”

Simmons, of course, plugged his famous workout videos as an easy way to stay in shape.

Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, Simmons encouraged his fans to focus on their relationships with friends and family.

“There is something else very important that you must do. Tell the ones that you love that you love them,” he wrote. “Hug those people and children who you really care for. A big hug really goes a long way.”

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Simmons did not share any details about his health. Getty Images
Richard Simmons Facebook post
He encouraged fans to focus on their health and relationships. Facebook

“If you have time I want you to listen to a terrific song. It is by Tim McGraw it is called ‘Live Like You Were Dying,'” he concluded. “Live today and don’t forget to pray.”

Simmons did not share any details about his Health or why he believes he is “dying.”


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However, just a few hours after posting the concerning message, Simmons clarified that he is not actually near death.

“Sorry many of you have gotten upset about my message today,” he wrote on X. “Even the press has gotten in touch with me.

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Simmons later explained that the post was intended to be inspirational and that he is not actually dying. Getty Images
Richard Simmons
“There is something else very important that you must do. Tell the ones that you love that you love them,” he added. Getty Images

“I am not dying. It was a message about saying how we should embrace every day that we have.  Sorry for this confusion.”

After being in the public eye since the ’80s, the “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” host took a step back from the spotlight in 2014.

By 2017, rumors spread that he had been kidnapped by his housekeeper, but a police investigation quickly shut down speculation that his disappearance from the public was due to foul play.

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Simmons took a step back from the public eye in 2014. SplashNews.com

Then in January 2024, he issued a rare public statement condemning a new biopic about his life.

“Hi Everybody! You may have heard they may be doing a movie about me with Pauly Shore. I have never given my permission for this movie. So don’t believe everything you read,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.

Simmons noted that he no longer has a manager or a publicist because he prefers “to live a quiet life and be peaceful.”

“Thank you for all your love and support. Richard,” he signed off.

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