Joni Mitchell Is Reportedly in a Coma, Unresponsive
Last month, Joni Mitchell was taken to the hospital after being found unconscious in her L.A. home. At the time, a statement to Mitchell’s website revealed she regained consciousness while being transported to the hospital and was “awake and in good spirits.” Now, TMZ reports that the iconic folk singer-songwriter is in a coma and unresponsive.
Billboard also cites "multiple sources" that claim Mitchell's state is "far worse than the public was led to believe."
Mitchell has remained at the UCLA Medical Center since her arrival on March 31. On April 3, an update on the 71-year-old singer’s health was posted to her website. “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably,” the statement reads. “We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day.
According to TMZ, Mitchell’s longtime friend, Leslie Morris, has filed for conservatorship over the Canadian musician.
Last year, Mitchell opened up about her struggles with the rare condition, Morgellons skin disease, which she says has rendered her unable to sing or play instruments. Morgellons is a contested disease among doctors, who believe it should instead be attributed as a psychological disorder.