LOS ANGELES (AP) — A message posted to Joni Mitchell’s website states the singer is alert and is expected to make a full recovery despite a friend’s court filing that the Grammy-winner is unconscious.
The message posted Tuesday on Mitchell’s website states the singer remains hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery. Mitchell has been hospitalized since March 31.
Leslie Morris, who is identified in a court filing as Mitchell’s friend of more than 44 years, is seeking to be appointed the singer’s conservator. Her filing Tuesday stated Mitchell was unconscious and unable to make medical decisions.
A declaration from a doctor states the 71-year-old Mitchell will likely be unable to attend any court hearings for the next four to six months, but it does not provide further details on her condition or prognosis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell is unconscious and the singer-songwriter is unable to make medical decisions for herself, a longtime friend stated Tuesday in a court filing.
Leslie Morris, who is identified as a friend of Mitchell’s for more than 44 years, filed a petition Tuesday to be named conservator for the Grammy-winning singer.
Morris is not seeking control of Mitchell’s estate. She is seeking the appointment because Mitchell does not have any family who can serve as her conservator.
Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. No updates about her health have been posted to her website or Twitter account since early April, when a message stated she was resting comfortably and improving.
Phone messages for Morris and her attorney, Alan Watenmaker, were not immediately returned.
The filing was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.
Mitchell has received eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
She started her career as a street musician in her native Canada before moving to Southern California, where she became part of the flourishing folk scene in the late 1960s. Her second album, “Clouds,” was a breakthrough with such songs as “Both Sides Now” and “Chelsea Morning,” winning Mitchell the Grammy for best folk performance.
Her 1970 album, “Ladies of the Canyon,” featured the hit single “Big Yellow Taxi” and the era-defining “Woodstock.” The following year, she released “Blue,” which ranks 30th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Her musical style integrates folk and jazz elements, and she counts jazz giants Charles Mingus and Pat Metheny among her past collaborators.