Singer Joni Mitchell is reportedly in a coma at the UCLA Medical Center.
TMZ released a report Tuesday on the current condition of the 71-year-old “Big Yellow Taxi” singer, stating that Joni is unconscious and unresponsive.
“Joni Mitchell is unconscious in a hospital, unable to respond to anyone, with no immediate prospects for getting better.”
According to the report, Leslie Morris has filed legal documents to obtain conservatorship rights over Joni Mitchell since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee apparently does not have any close relatives available to take that position.
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 28, 2015
Morris and Mitchell have reportedly been close friends for over forty years.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital in late March shortly after an emergency 911 call was placed from her home in Los Angeles. The paramedics that responded to the call referencing an “unconscious female” noted that Joni remained alert and conscious while being transported to the hospital.
TMZ was the first to break the news of that story as well, reporting that Joni was placed in the intensive care unit and it was not clear exactly what prompted the medical emergency.
No official diagnosis has been released yet in reference to Joni Mitchell’s condition, according to Variety. The most recent update was posted to the singer’s official website earlier this month on April 3.
“Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. Her progress is encouraging as she continues to improve each day.”
Fans of the legendary singer have shared their endearing thoughts and recovery wishes on Twitter.
Really hoping Joni Mitchell gets better. https://t.co/muaweRQ2ne
— John McKie (@johnmckie) April 28, 2015
My 2016 platform: keeping Joni Mitchell alive PLEASE
— Ryan Buxton (@r_buxton) April 28, 2015
A candle for Joni Mitchell please http://t.co/QinMzjvLI8
— Ned Wharton (@NPRNedWharton) April 28, 2015
The Canadian-born singer and songwriter went from singing in small nightclubs throughout Western Canada and Saskatchewan in the 1960s to becoming a musical icon and folk legend. Mitchell has influenced a vast number of artists — including many of the popular singers and songwriters that are still topping the charts today.
Many of the songs that Joni Mitchell wrote and recorded that became memorable classics were way ahead of their time when they were first released.
Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Big Sur, 1968 pic.twitter.com/AxaVahGTV1
— Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive) April 27, 2015
Even though she had resistance from her record label for such songs as “Two Grey Rooms,” Joni admitted in a November 2014 interview that the opposition didn’t matter to her.
“They always pushed me back but I take as much liberty as I can get away with. That’s why I’m not a feminist. When I heard, ‘You can’t do that, you’re a girl,’ I went ahead and did it anyway.”
Joni Mitchell has been honored over the years with numerous awards and accolades – including her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2002.
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