Richard Simmons Hospitalized for ‘Bizarre’ Behavior After Two-Year Disappearance: Report

Richard Simmons
Richard Simmons arrives at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual 'A Time For Heroes' on June 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Richard Simmons was reportedly hospitalized for “bizarre” behavior on Friday, June 3, just three months after his close friends raised concerns that he was being held hostage at his Hollywood Hills house.

According to TMZ, the 67-year-old fitness guru was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday night after someone at his home “became sufficiently alarmed to call 911.”

Paramedics reportedly rushed to Simmons’ house, where they determined that he should be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

In March, the workout expert’s close friend told the New York Daily News that Simmons, who has been out of the public eye for about two years, was possibly being held hostage by his longtime housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.

Just a day later, Simmons broke his extended silence with two new interviews, where he said that his disappearance was entirely voluntary and that the hostage reports were “very hurtful.”

“No one is holding me in my house as a hostage,” he said during a phone interview on the Today show on March 13. “You know, I do what I want to do as I’ve always done, so people should sort of just believe what I have to say because, like, I’m Richard Simmons!”

The Sweatin’ to the Oldies star also told Entertainment Tonight, “I am not kidnapped, I am just in my house right now. No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”

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