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Richard Simmons Praises Hospital Staff, Police After Health Scare

"They make you feel good even though you're in the hospital for feeling bad," he said

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    File photo of fitness expert Richard Simmons hosting his weekly radio show on July 13, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Richard Simmons, the 68-year-old fitness icon, has made headlines and sparked concern over his health after his apparent voluntary absence from public life since 2014, as highlighted in the podcast "Missing Richard Simmons."

    Last week, he was hospitalized for indigestion. A message from him, as well as an old pic of him, were later posted on Facebook. He has since been released.

    On Sunday, another post from him was published on his Facebook page.

    "I wanted to take a moment to send a big thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center during my short stay there this week," the post said. "They make you feel good even though you're in the hospital for feeling bad."

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    "Another shout out goes to the wonderful men and women of the Los Angeles Police Dept.," the post continued. "They were so helpful and kind as I returned home."

    When he was released from the hospital, Simmons walked out while wearing a blanket over his head and body and was escorted by his associates and police. It marked his first public appearance in three years.

    "I'm not 'missing,'" he posted on Facebook last week. "Just a little under the weather. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days."