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Richard Simmons Closes Exercise Studio; Is The Famous Fitness Guru Critical?

Update Date: Nov 21, 2016 07:59 AM EST
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After more than four decades of operating, Richard Simmons already decided to close his exercise studio, Slimmons, in Beverly Hills, California. The 67-year-old fitness guru and Slimmons owner, through a lengthy note read by his studio manager, announced the news, which many of his regular clients thought was a sad phase for them.

While recognizing the fact that his decision might have surprised many, Richard Simmons gave them a walk down memory lane. 

"When I opened Slimmons in 1974, I simply couldn't wait to tell everyone that food could be healthy AND delicious or that exercise could be fun!" he continued. "I worked my little striped shorts off to spread the message that you must move your body every day, that portion size matters and that while others may not always be kind to you, you must be kind to yourself."

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, some of those who attended the last night of the studio on Saturday admitted about being emotional while listening to what Richard Simmons had to say. "The room was filled with a lot of emotion, but you felt the spirit of Richard within the room while we were here," one eyewitness quipped.

Meanwhile, another noted that seeing such scenario was hard, especially that it felt like the fitness guru was putting a period at the end of each statement. Amid the fact that Slimmons' Richard Simmons shared that he is doing well, some might have been wondering still about his real condition. Back in March, New York Daily News reported that his friends have been concerned about him, which got even worse when he refrained from going public.

One of his friends, Oliveira, hinted that someone could be controlling his life, and it could be his live-in housekeeper Teresa Reveles. "We are very concerned," his pal shared. Richard Simmons' pal further dished that "something else" could be happening to the Slimmons owner. 

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