10/21/2016 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Simmons‘ famed exercise studio Slimmons is closing for good … TMZ has learned.
The reclusive Richard hasn’t been seen in public for more than 2 1/2 years, and it eventually took a fatal toll on his studio, where he was once a fixture. Simmons simply disappeared.
The studio sent out notices it would be out of business effective November 19th.
TMZ broke numerous stories about Richard over the last 2 years, including concerns he was being held against his will. The LAPD did a welfare check in January 2015 and found he was fine.
Richard has said he wanted out of the Hollywood spotlight and was battling knee problems, but others who were once a big part of his life think it’s much deeper than that.