A statement updating fans on Joni Mitchell’s health says the Canadian folk legend is “alert” and set to make “a full recovery.” The 71-year-old was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home last month and rushed to the hospital, though no diagnosis has been revealed. Reports that she is in a coma have been officially dismissed.
A posting on her official website read: “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”
Rumours that the Big Yellow Taxi hitmaker’s condition was more serious than previously disclosed were sparked after TMZ discovered Joni’s close friend Leslie Morris had filed court documents seeking a conservatorship to make decisions about her friend’s welfare.
The post went on to clarify that Leslie’s actions were aimed at her aftercare once she leaves hospital: “The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital.
“As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.”
A statement posted on Joni’s website earlier this month suggested she was getting “stronger” every day, while an earlier message revealed that she was “in good spirits.”
The Canadian singer-songwriter has received eight Grammy awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Joni told Billboard magazine in December that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.
“Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA hospital.
“She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. More updates to come as we hear them. Light a candle and sing a song, let’s all send good wishes her way,” read the site.