Joni Mitchell Is NOT In A Coma
According to a statement on her official website, reports that the folk musician is in a coma are false and, instead, the singer is expected to make a full recovery.
The 71-year-old was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles.
"Contrary to rumours 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," the statement reads.
Celebrity website, TMZ, was one of the first to report on the singer's alleged coma in a report that claimed the singer was "unresponsive".
The report also said the singer's close friend of 44 years, Leslie Morris, had filed legal documents to obtain legal guardianship over her.
It is this document that appears to have sparked the coma rumours.
"The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital," the statement on Mitchell's website reads.
Those close to Mitchell remain positive and hopeful that Mitchell will recover.
"As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. You may add your well wishes for her at the website," the statement says.
The legendary singer, known for hits including Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now, has received eight Grammys and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mitchell has spoken before about a condition she has called Morgellon's disease, which is described as a crawling, biting or stinging sensation all over the body.
Folk music legend Joni Mitchell is in a coma and unresponsive four weeks after she was hospitalised.
Celebrity website TMZ claims a friend of the singer-songwriter - who had been reportedly improving in hospital a few days after she was admitted on March 31 - had filed legal documents to obtain legal guardianship over her.
According to the site, the documents say the 71-year-old singer, one of the symbols of the 1960s Woodstock generation, is "so impaired as to be incapable of being assessed."
Mitchell, whose real name is Roberta Joan Anderson, is known for hits including Big Yellow Taxi, and The Circle Game, as well as her role in the 1960's and 70's music scene.
She has received eight Grammys, the top prize in the US music industry and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mitchell has said she suffers from an ailment called Morgellon's disease, which is described as a crawling, biting or stinging sensation all over the body.
The medical diagnosis of the disease is disputed by some doctors who call it a form of psychosis.