Fitness icon turned Howard Hughes-esque recluse, Richard Simmons, has added another chapter to the increasingly bizarre, and deeply unsettling saga surrounding his resignation from society.

According to his publicist, the exercise guru was hospitalized late Friday night, after LAFD responded to an emergency call from his Beverly Hills estate; Simmons' longtime housekeeper (and possible KIDNAPPER) reportedly made the 911 call.

Simmons was released later in the weekend, and made a statement to Entertainment Tonight, that explained his hospy-stint as a simple case of dehydration.

-_-

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital. I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great! Summer is here - drink plenty of liquids. Big hugs and kisses for caring.

You hear that? Drink PLENTY of liquids.

Back in March, the New York Daily News had released a truly compelling investigation--aptly titled The Haunted Twilight of Richard Simmons--into Simmons' disappearance from the public eye for the past 2 or so years.

The report includes interviews with friends of Simmons, who allege that the star is being held captive by his housekeeper, brother, and manager at his home, each vying to control his enormous fortune.

*Cue TMZ report of a nurse claiming that Simmons slipped them a note with "HELP ME" scrawled on it*

In celebriology, "dehydration"--a close cousin to "exhaustion"--is usually an indication of deeper, darker trouble, so for now, I will continue to waver between #PRAYFORRICHARDSIMMONS and #FREERICHARDSIMMONS.

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