Joni Mitchell ‘Speaking Well’ After Aneurysm, Friend Says

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Joni Mitchell’s legal guardian denied reports Sunday that the 71-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t able to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Leslie Morris, a friend of the singer appointed her temporary conservator in May, confirmed that Mitchell suffered an aneurysm but said the details regarding her current health have been “mostly speculative.”

Mitchell is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery, she said. “The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she’s speaking well,” Morris said in the statement. “She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies.”

Singer David Crosby, also a friend of Mitchell, said Saturday that she had taken a “terrible hit” when she was hospitalized in March. “To my knowledge she is not speaking yet,” he said.

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