Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Joni Mitchell's Family Denies Reports the Singer Is in a Coma with No Prospects of Recovery

Find out how she is doing

Tim Surette

Folk singer Joni Mitchell has not fallen into a coma and is doing fine, according to a post written by Mitchell's family on the singer's official Web site.

"Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma," the message reads. "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected."

The clarification comes following a report by TMZ, which stated that Mitchell had fallen into a coma and was unresponsive. According to TMZ, Mitchell showed no prospects of getting better.

Joni Mitchell in "good spirits" after being rushed to the hospital unconscious

Mitchell's family believes TMZ got a copy of documents that gave Mitchell's long-time friend Leslie Morris the authority to make care decisions for Mitchell once she leaves the hospital, and misinterpreted them.

Mitchell, 71, was rushed to the hospital on March 31 after she was found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles. The following day, she was described as being awake and in "good spirits."

Mitchell is an eight-time Grammy winner best known for her 1970 hit "Big Yellow Taxi." She previously said she suffers from Morgellons disease, a controversial illness in which the patient believes he or she is infected with parasites when no medical evidence of such illness can be found.