Richard Simmons, at least the one you’ve all heard of, did not die in a car crash today. Police in Michigan reported that a man named Richard Simmons died today in a traffic fatality, causing some outlets to erroneously report that the famous exercise enthusiast had perished. However, the police report makes clear that a different man has been identified. The victim is a fifty-six year old man, while the famous Mr. Simmons is sixty-five years of age and does not reside in Michigan.
While numerous fake “celebrity deaths” have spread across the internet in recent years, they’re usually staged by individuals seeking attention. This instance with Richard Simmons, however, appears to be a simple case of mistaken identity.
For his part, Richard Simmons has yet to take to social media to confirm that he’s not dead, as is often customary in these situations.