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Joni Mitchell's Friend Denies The Folk Singer Is In A Coma

Iconic folk singer Joni Mitchell was reportedly taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 31 after she was found unconscious at home.

TMZ reported that Leslie Morris, a friend of Mitchell's for more than four decades, recently filed legal papers to get a conservatorship over Mitchell who apparently does not have any close relatives taking that role.

TMZ ran the headline, "Joni Mitchell In a Coma, Unresponsive," and cited the conservatorship application by Morris that said, "At this time she remains unconscious and unable to make any responses, and is therefore unable to provide for any her personal needs."

Mitchell's website quotes Morris as saying:

"Contrary to rumors 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 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. 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."

According to The Associated Press, Morris' conservatorship filing "does not seek any control over Mitchell's finances."

It's not clear what medical condition or ailment caused Mitchell to be taken to the hospital.

Sources: TMZ,, The Huffington Post
Image Credit: Pino D'Amico/Flickr


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