Contrary to reports earlier today, musician Joni Mitchell is not in a coma but still in hospital and expected to make a full recovery, according to her official website.
A message posted on the website reads, ‘
‘Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.
‘The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her long-time friend Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital,’ the message continues.
‘As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.
‘Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com,’ the message concludes.
Earlier AFP report: Folk music legend Joni Mitchell is reportedly in a coma four weeks after being admitted to hospital.
TMZ website said a friend of the Canadian singer-songwriter, who’s health was believed to be improving a few days after she was admitted to hospital on March 31, had filed legal documents to obtain legal guardianship over her.
According to the site, the documents say the 71-year-old singer, one of the symbols of the 1960s Woodstock generation, is too impaired to be capable of being assessed.
Mitchell, whose real name is Roberta Joan Anderson, is known for hits including “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “The Circle Game,” as well as her role in the 1960’s music scene.
She has received eight Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mitchell has said she suffers from an ailment called Morgellon’s disease, which is described as a crawling, biting or stinging sensation all over the body.
The medical diagnosis of the disease is disputed by some doctors who call it a form of psychosis.