Joni Mitchell Not in a Coma, Is “Alert” and “Has Her Full Senses”

Joni Mitchell in coma
Contrary to reports, Joni Mitchell is not in a coma and is "alert" and "has her full senses" Steve Granitz/WireImage

UPDATE: A statement posted to the singer's website refutes TMZ's report about Mitchell's health. "Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma," the statement 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 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. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts."

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is reportedly in a coma after being hospitalized late last month. According to TMZ, the "Chelsea Morning" chanteuse is "unconscious" and "unresponsive" — and shows no signs of getting better.

The site also reports that Mitchell's friend Leslie Morris filed documents to obtain a conservatorship. The papers claim the star is "so impaired as to be incapable of being assessed."

As previously reported, Mitchell was rushed to the hospital on March 31 after being found unconscious at home in L.A. According to an update on her website, she regained consciousness in the ambulance and was undergoing tests in intensive care.

She "is awake and in good spirits," the site noted. "Light a candle and sing a song, let's all send good wishes her way."

Days later, another update was posted online. "Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably," the April 3 post read. "We are encouraged by her progress as she continues to improve and get stronger each day."

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