Legendary singer Joni Mitchell was hospitalized in March in Los Angeles, but details of her condition remained under wraps until her longtime friend David Crosby revealed to HuffPost Live that the 71-year-old suffered an aneurysm and is unable to speak.
“To my knowledge, she is not speaking yet,” he said. “She is home, she is in care, she is recovering.”
Mitchell wasn’t immediately found after the aneurysm hit, resulting in a traumatic brain injury, Crosby said. But, he remains optimistic about her recovery.
“She’s a tough girl and very smart,” he said.
Mitchell’s team stated on her official website that “A full recovery is expected” on April 28. Mitchell told Billboard magazine in December that she suffers from a rare skin condition called Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.
Crosby, 73, and Mitchell have been friends since the 60s, even dating for some time, he told HuffPost Live.
“She’s probably the best of us – probably the greatest living singer-songwriter,” Crosby said.
Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and has won eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002.