Joni Mitchell was hospitalized in April after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home, and updates on her condition since then have been varied. First, it was reported that she was in a coma, which her representatives denied vehemently, and then Billboard reported last month that she was still in “very serious condition.” Our latest update comes from David Crosby, who spoke to HuffPost Live about Mitchell’s current state:
I have not spoken with her. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet. She is home, she is in care, she is recovering… She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury.
She’s a tough girl, and very smart. So, how much she’s going to come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not going to guess. I love her… She’s probably the best of us — probably the greatest living singer-songwriter.
UPDATE: Leslie Morris, Mitchell’s conservator, disputes Crosby’s claim in a statement on JoniMitchell.com:
“Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she’s speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected.”