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Joni Mitchell Suffered a Brain Aneurysm: Sources

Billboard logo Billboard 5/29/2015 Billboard Staff
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What precipitated Joni Mitchell's weeks-long hospitalization is coming into view as sources reveal to Billboard that the singer suffered a brain aneurysm. 

Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on March 31. She was admitted to an area hospital after which conflicting reports emerged concerning her responsiveness. A new report by Showbiz 411 claims "speech is difficult" for Mitchell, "but she’s communicating." 

An insider tells Billboard Mitchell was expected to be moved to a rehab facility and notes her condition as "very serious."

On May 4, an attorney representing Mitchell cited her impending release during a court hearing concerning a request for conservatorship from her longtime friend Leslie Morris. 

Mitchell has not returned home, a source confirms. 

Billboard has reached out to a representative for Mitchell for comment. 

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