Legendary fitness guru Richard Simmons, who has been missing from the public eye for the last few years, was recently hospitalized after exhibiting 'bizarre' behavior at his Los Angeles home. An acquaintance called 911 after becoming significantly alarmed by Simmons' actions, though details of those actions weren't released. After the paramedics arrived, it was determined that Simmons needed to be taken to the hospital for evaluation. It's currently unknown if Simmons, who was admitted on Friday, June 3rd, is still there being assessed. Friends of Simmons have expressed concerns about his mental health for some time, and for the past few months have worried he's been being held hostage in his own home.

Disappearance from the public eye

Simmons, who is 67, began exhibiting strange behavior around 3 years ago when he began to vanish from the public eye and shut out many close friends and family members. When approached about this change, he stated that he simply wanted an extended break from the 'life of a celebrity,' but as months went by, shunned friends and family members began to express concerns about his behavior.

Earlier this year The New York Daily News ran a story titled 'The Haunted Twilight of Richard Simmons' which featured interviews with Simmons' estranged loved ones and helped fuel rumors that Simmons was being held hostage in his home by a member of his household staff. Soon after the story ran, Simmons responded to the allegations in several audio interviews, where he denied the rumors and attempted to reassure his fans of his well-being.

"No one is holding mein my househostage," he told the Today show. "...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!" He also added that he was 'doing fine', his health was good and that he would return to the spotlight one day.

Still, concerns about his living situation and mental health continued until his hospitalization last Friday.

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