By Jim Johnson

As has been the case since her hospitalization in March, the press is receiving differing accounts regarding Joni Mitchell‘s health situation. During a chat on Friday (June 26th) with The Huffington Post, David Crosby — who discovered Mitchell, and became lovers with her before producing her 1968 debut Song To A Seagull — revealed: “She took a terrible hit, She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury. To my knowledge, she is not speaking yet. She’s a tough girl and very smart. I love her. She’s probably the best of us — probably the greatest living singer-songwriter. I think we’re all holding our breath and thinking of goodbye, y’know? And hoping it’s gonna turn out okay.”

Leslie Morris, Mitchell’s conservator — a onetime assistant to manager Elliot Roberts, and eventual manager of Crosby and Graham Nash in the mid-‘70s — countered Crosby’s claims, saying in a statement on “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. 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.”

  • Crosby went on to post yesterday (June 28th) on his Twitter feed: “Just to make it clear Joni may have been intubated or had a tracheotomy which would have kept her from speaking we don’t know if she is able. . .  and to repeat . . . they got it wrong. . . she did NOT have a traumatic brain injury. . . she and had an aneurysm. My friend Paul Kantner had one. . . and recovered completely just recently.”
  • Released last fall was Joni Mitchell’s self-compiled four-disc, 53-song career spanning box set called Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.


Check out “Coyote” featuring Joni Mitchell with “The Band” at Winterland in San Francisco in 1976:


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