Monday, April 22, 2024

Joni Mitchell “Is Not in a Coma” But Needs a Temporary Conservator


TMZ grabbed some legal papers filed yesterday in Los Angeles and decided Joni Mitchell was at death’s door. The papers were for a conservatorship, signed by a long time friend named Leslie Morris. What TMZ didn’t advertise was that Morris wrote into the papers that she anticipates that Joni won’t be able to appear in front of a judge for “four to six months.” Not forever. This is so far considered a temporary move.

Since then a message has been posted to Joni’s website: Sources with Joni in the hospital have approved the following statement to be made through “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts.” You may add your well wishes for her at the website

Joni has been in the hospital for 25 days after collapsing at home and maybe hitting her head. There’s never been an official confirmation of what actually happened, or her diagnosis, just lots of speculation. The papers signed by Morris claim that Mitchell has no living relatives. But her fans know that Joni reconnected with the daughter she gave up for adoption some time ago. Her name is Kelly Dale Anderson. We may be hearing from her soon.

The world loves Joni Mitchell, a great artist and avowed curmudgeon.  Let’s pray she just gets better and better until there’s more actual information.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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