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Cops Pay 'Mysterious' Visit To Richard Simmons Estate

| by Denise Recalde

Only hours after fitness star Richard Simmons publicly assured his fan base he is not "missing" but was recently hospitalized for indigestion, Los Angeles police officers paid a visit to his home on April 20. 

Police officers walked the grounds of Simmons' estate while the fitness personality was in hospital dealing with his gastrointestinal issues, reports TMZ.

The media outlet stated the police were "aware" that Simmons had his manager take him to the hospital on April 18, which is where he remained for several days. 

Observers say Simmons lived like a recluse in recent years and has rarely been seen in public. 

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The workout guru's April 18 visit to the hospital was the first time he has left his California estate in three years, according to the Daily Mail.

His fans and the public have noticed, notably prompting the airing of the podcast "Missing, Richard Simmons" in February.

But Simmons took the time to reassure fans via social media that he is still alive and doing well, thanking them for their support. 

"Aren't you sick of hearing and reading about me?!" he wrote in a Facebook post, which featured a picture of himself from 2014. 

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"Well by now you know that I'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days."

In the post, Simmons, expressed his thanks to his fans for their concern. 

"You will never know how much it means to me," he wrote. "This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it. We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are. I reached out and I hope you will too. I’m sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!"

Simmons' manager Michael Catalano commented on April 19 that the fitness celebrity had been hospitalized "at an undisclosed location in California," ABC News reports.  

"After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment," he said. "He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery." 

Earlier in April, Catalano announced Simmons had signed a deal with Prominent Brand + Talent -- a move signaling the star may soon be back in the public eye.

Prominent Brand reportedly has gained the rights to represent Simmons for endorsement, licensing and merchandising opportunities around the world. 

"All I can say, at least for now, it is possible," Catalano said in an interview with The New York Times, as he discussed return to public life. Simmons stopped teaching classes and has not been seen in public since January 2014.

"But it is yet to be determined, I would say."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times, TMZ, ABC News / Photo credit: House Committee on Education/Flickr

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