Richard Simmons announced on Friday that his Slimmons studio in Beverly Hills, Calif., will close next month after 42 years.
Simmons, who has been reclusive for almost three years, made the announcement on his Facebook and Twitter pages. TMZ, which broke the story on Friday, reported the studio sent out notices that it would be out of business on Nov. 19.
“Some of you may have heard that Slimmons will close next month,” Simmons wrote. “While it is true, it has been an amazing part of my life to teach, meet and support people from all over the world. I want to thank everyone who has come through those studio doors to laugh, cry and sweat with me! Remember to keep sweatin', keep movin' and most importantly go out and vote! Love Richard xo.”
Simmons is posting photos on his Facebook page from fans who have visited his studio through the years. Simmons often taught classes at the studio, but he has been out of the spotlight since his last public appearance in December 2013.
In June, Simmons was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from dehydration. Some had feared that Simmons’s housekeeper was holding him against his will at his home, but Simmons told media outlets in March that he was in his home and was not kidnapped.
“No one should be worried about me,” Simmons told Entertainment Tonight. “The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”
The Los Angeles Police Department did a welfare check on Simmons in January 2015 and found he was fine, according to reports.