Joni Mitchell is unable to speak following ‘traumatic brain injury’, claims David Crosby

The singer was hospitalised in March after being found unconscious at her home

Folk singer David Crosby has provided an update on Joni Mitchell‘s ongoing ill-health.

Mitchell was hospitalised in Los Angeles on March 31, after being found unconscious at her home. According to previous reports, Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm and remains in a “very serious” condition in hospital.

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Now, the esteemed folk singer has told the Huffington Post: “Nobody found [Mitchell] for a while. She took a terrible hit. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet… 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,” he continued. “She’s probably the best of us – probably the greatest living singer-songwriter.”

Watch a video interview with Crosby below.

Representatives for the singer previously denied reports that she is in a coma and unresponsive. On May 4, her lawyer Alan Watenmaker told a court that she could be released from hospital shortly.

Watenmaker is seeking emergency conservator powers to be granted to Mitchell’s close friend Leslie Morris upon her release. This would allow Morris to make choices on behalf of Mitchell over medical matters, but not financial.


Early updates stated that Mitchell, 71, was “awake and in good spirits” and getting “stronger each day”. However, US website TMZ later reported that the folk songwriter was in a coma, claiming Mitchell to be “unconscious in a hospital, unable to respond to anyone, with no immediate prospects for getting better”. The website also published legal documents allegedly confirming their claims.

Representatives close to Mitchell refuted the developments. A statement on Mitchell’s official website, and approved by Leslie Morris, read: “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”