Joni Mitchell Suffered Aneurysm and Can’t Speak, Ex David Crosby Says

Joni Mitchell and David Crosby
David Crosby says that Joni Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm in March and still can't speak Steve Granitz/WireImage; Lester Cohen/WireImage

UPDATE: Joni Mitchell's conservator, Leslie Morris, gave an update on the singer's condition on June 28. Despite David Crosby's comments, she revealed that the star is actually speaking. "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative," she wrote. "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." You may leave your well wishes for Joni at WeLoveYouJoni.com."

ORIGINAL STORY: Looking out for an old friend. David Crosby gave an update about his longtime pal and ex-girlfriend Joni Mitchell during an interview with HuffPost Live on Friday, June 26. The "Big Yellow Taxi" singer-songwriter was hospitalized in late March after being found unconscious in her home.

"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," Crosby, 73, said. "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." (The exes dated in the mid-'60s.)

Mitchell's team, meanwhile, said in April that the 71-year-old was still alert in the hospital, and she is expected to make a full recovery. Her website also slammed rumors that she's in a coma.

"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," Crosby said Friday. "I love her. She's probably the greatest living singer-songwriter."

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