Richard Simmons Makes Rare Statement Days After Documentary About His Disappearance.

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Richard Simmons has spoken out after six years of silence, according to spokesperson for the famous fitness , “living the life he has chosen.”

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The 74-year-old thanked his followers for their support on Wednesday, just days after the TMZ documentary about the fitness icon's public disappearance debuted.

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"Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and love!" captioned the 74-year-old with a heart. "Love, Richard."

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Fans flooded the post with positive comments, with one user writing, "I'm so proud of you for taking time for yourself. which is really nice comment

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Estey confirmed that the message, which was Simmons' first communication with followers in six years, was written by him personally.

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After a long time at the center of attention, Simmons out of nowhere quit instructing at his renowned exercise studio on Feb. 15, 2014, and has not been found openly since.

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Milton Teagle "Richard" Simmons is an American fitness personality and public figure, known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality.

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He has promoted weight-loss programs, most prominently through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos.

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The documentary claimed that Simmons delayed his second surgery because he was worried about being able to bounce back