Joni Mitchell loses speech af­ter aneurysm: Crosby

The China Post - - ARTS -

Folk leg­end Joni Mitchell lost her abil­ity to speak af­ter suf­fer­ing a brain aneurysm, fel­low artist and for­mer boyfriend David Crosby said.

The ac­count of­fered rare de­tail on the con­di­tion of the 71-year-old Cana­dian singer and gui­tarist, who was rushed to a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal on March 31.

Crosby said that Mitchell was re­cov­er­ing at home but that “to my knowl­edge, she is not speak­ing yet.”

“She took a ter­ri­ble hit, she had an aneurysm, and no­body found her for a while,” he said Fri­day in re­sponse to a fan’s ques­tion on a Huff­in­g­ton Post we­b­cast.

“She’s go­ing to have to strug­gle back from it, the way you strug­gle back from a trau­matic brain in­jury.

“How much she’s go­ing to come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not go­ing to guess,” he said.

Crosby, who dated Mitchell briefly in 1967 and has re­mained friends with her, de­scribed her as “prob­a­bly the great­est liv­ing singer/song­writer” with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of Bob Dy­lan.

Mitchell was a ma­jor fig­ure in the gen- er­a­tion of folk rock­ers who grew prom­i­nent in the 1960s, with hits in­clud­ing “Big Yel­low Taxi,” “Wood­stock” and “Both Sides, Now.”

Ac­tive on the en­vi­ron­ment and other causes, Mitchell is known for her distinc­tively rich con­tralto voice and open-tuned guitar, although she later in her ca­reer ex­per­i­mented with elec­tron­ica.

Mitchell’s pub­li­cists last gave an up­date on her con­di­tion in late April, say­ing she was still in a hos­pi­tal but fully alert, deny­ing a media re­port that she was in a coma.

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