A representative for singer Joni Mitchell released a statement Sunday claiming previous allegations about the singer’s health were false. Leslie Morris, Mitchell’s conservator, said in a statement on Mitchell’s official website that reports yesterday claiming that Mitchell could no longer speak following an aneurysm were not true.
“Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well,” Morris said in a statement. “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."
Yesterday, rumors swirled over the seriousness of Mitchell’s condition after fellow musician and friend David Crosby spoke about her health condition in an interview with HuffPost Live. Crosby said that Mitchell, who was initially admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on March 31, was not able to speak.
“To my knowledge, she is not speaking yet,” Crosby said in the interview. “She is home, she is in care, she is recovering. How that’s going to go, we don’t know yet. She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm.”
“She’s going to have to struggle back from it, the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury,” Crosby added. “How much she’s going to come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not going to guess.”
This isn’t the first time there has been misreporting on Mitchell’s condition. In a previous update on her health posted on JoniMitchell.com on April 28, Leslie Morris dispelled rumors that Mitchell had been in a coma. “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not a in a coma,” Morris said at the time. “Joni is still in the hospital -- but she comprehends, she’s alert and she has her full senses.”