Joni Mitchell reportedly remains in ‘very serious condition’ following brain aneurysm

Singer is expected to be moved from hospital to a rehab facility

Joni Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm and remains in a “very serious” condition in hospital, according to reports.

Mitchell was hospitalised in Los Angeles on March 31, after being found unconscious at her home. Representatives for the singer recently 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.

Now, Billboard reports that a brain aneurysm is the reason she has been in hospital for nearly two months. Sources close to Mitchell have reported that she remains in “very serious” condition, and is expected to be moved to a rehab facility.

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.”