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Richard Simmons Isn’t Dying Even Though He Sure Made It Sound Like He Was

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Richard Simmons threw a few dark curveballs today on social media.

Then he tried to chase it all with a few corrective blasts of light, but the confusion remains.

The 75-year-old elusive fitness personality emerged on X today with this sentiment:

“I have some news to tell you. Please don’t be sad. I am ….dying. 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?”

Of course fans immediately were alarmed and shocked, which caused Simmons to then answer his own question with: “Because I want you to enjoy your life to the fullest every single day. Get up in the morning and look at the sky… count your blessings and enjoy.”

Fans remained confused by this unorthodox approach to embracing life, especially when Simmons followed this by posting encouraging tips about oatmeal, fresh fruits and the pro tip to: “Combine your protein with a starch and a few vegetables.”

So everything seemed okay.

Or did it?

Simmons then posted about the importance of stretching, sleeping and the various videos he has on YouTube but then he followed that with this cryptic bit: “There is something else very important that you must do. Tell the ones that you love that you love them. Hug those people and children who you really care for.”

And then, returning to the dying theme, he wrote: “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. Live today and don’t forget to pray.”

Fans were alarmed once again, which caused Simmons to chime in again with an assurance he was okay: “Sorry many of you have gotten upset about my message today. Even the press has gotten in touch with me.  I am not dying. It was a message about saying how we should embrace every day that we have.  Sorry for this confusion. Love, Richard.”

The Louisiana-born Simmons has become an object of fascination for many ever since he dropped out of the spotlight he seemed to love being under for so many decades. Simmons’ 2014 disappearance prompted a podcast series, a documentary and endless media speculation about his well-being, but Simmons has assured everyone throughout the years that he’s fine; he just wanted to be out of pubic view and take time for himself.

It might not have been the conventional way to retire, but that choice was for no one else to make but Simmons.

A welfare check was made on him in 2017 and police were more than satisfied he was fine. Later that year he was hospitalized for gastrointestinal issues and though he posted a photo declaring to be happily on the mend, the photo he posted was close to five years old.

Simmons is not a frequent poster on social media, so today’s frenzy of posts was out of character and concerning on several different levels.