Richard Simmons Issues Rare Statement Days After Disappearance Documentary Airs

Richard Simmons is making a brief return to the spotlight to deliver a heartfelt message.

Days after the release of a TMZ documentary about his sudden disappearance from public view,

the fitness icon resurfaced on social media to express his gratitude to his fans.

"Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and love!" he wrote on Aug. 24, signing off with "Love, Richard."

Fans reacted positively to the post, with one user writing, "I'm so proud of you for taking time for yourself."