the “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” God is simply taking much-needed “time for himself.” “I would just hope people [can] be a little bit more respectful and realize that he’s worked hard and he still loves people — but he needs some time for himself,” Lenny said.Lenny says he just spoke to his brother last Sunday, per usual, and that he’s “doing great.” “He was asking about our renovations to our home.After several months of these types of stories, the LAPD were called to his home in January 2015 amid claims of elder abuse.Police officials reported the 66-year-old exercise guru was in perfect health and pleasant to deal with and spent an hour speaking to him while he was alone at his home.
(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for EGPAF) He was last spotted at his California exercise studio in July 2014, underwent surgery for a knee replacement shortly after and is said to be devastated he can no longer teach his classes."I just want to spend time with myself," he told them.His rep added Richard is "happily living life outside the public eye." Richard Simmons attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual "A Time For Heroes" at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.Publicist Paul Shefrin announced Barris' death on behalf of his family. I don't envy that for someone, who at this time, has chosen to retreat. I just don't think because you are on the public stage for 40 years that you have to continue to remain there until your last breath."Simmons did not participate in the podcast and hasn't given any interviews since speaking to "Entertainment Tonight" in March 2016.In addition to being a game show creator, producer and host, he also was a best-selling author and had success in the music world. His publicist, manager, brother and two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department have all said the 68-year-old fitness guru is at his Hollywood Hills mansion and doing fine. Once ubiquitous on talk shows, celebrity-home tours and at his own Beverly Hills workout studio, he hasn't been seen publicly since February 2014.