Posted on April 28, 2015 | By Aidin Vaziri, SeattlePI.com
Joni Mitchell is in a coma and her longtime friend Leslie Morris has just filed legal documents to obtain a conservatorship over the singer, according to a report by TMZ.
Mitchell, 71, was rushed to a UCLA Medical Center on March 31 after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. She is still there, according to the celebrity news site.
The conservatorship documents say she is unresponsive and “incapable of being assessed.”
Four days after Mitchell was hospitalized, the singer’s official website issued an update on her condition saying, “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day.”
Her official diagnosis has not been revealed.
Mitchell survived polio and scarlet fever as a child and was diagnosed with Morgellons disease in 2010, a mysterious skin disorder characterized by disfiguring sores and crawling sensations on and under the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Famous for early ’70s hits such as “Big Yellow Taxi” and “River,” Mitchell is set to be honored with an all-star tribute at the SFJAZZ Gala on May 8, 2015. She was scheduled to make a rare appearance at the black-tie event, which will also feature musical tributes by Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Tom Scott, Mark Isham, Laurie Antonioli and the award-winning SFJazz Collective.
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.
A site called We Love You, Joni! was established to compile Facebook and Twitter messages from well wishers using the #WeLoveYouJoni hashtag.
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