"Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California," the star's publicist Michael Catalano told ABC News. "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment."
"He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."
While friends feared he was being held against his will in his Hollywood Hills home, the star made a rare statement denying the shocking rumors.
"I am not kidnapped," he told ET in March 2016. "No one should be worried about me."
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