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UPDATE: Singer Joni Mitchell NOT in a Coma

After collapsing in her home in LA last month, TMZ reported this evening that singer Joni Mitchell had slipped into a coma. Now, an update on the singer's official website contradicts this rumor.

"Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma," the statement reads. "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected."

Addressing news that Mitchell's close friend, Leslie Morris, has filed legal documents to obtain a conservatorship over her, the statement says: "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."

The statement continues: "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."

BroadwayWorld previously reported that Joni Mitchell had awoken after being found unconscious in her home on March 31st. According to a statement on her website, the singer, 71, regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to UCLA Medical Center. Her official diagnosis still remains to be seen.

The eight-time Grammy winner has previously revealed that she suffers from Morgellons disease, a controversial illness that most believe is only the psychological delusion that one is infected with parasites.

"I'm a polio survivor, so I know how conservative the medical body can be," Mitchell told The Los Angeles Times in 2010. "In America, the Morgellons is always diagnosed as 'delusion of parasites,' and they send you to a psychiatrist. I'm actually trying to get out of the music business to battle for Morgellons sufferers to receive the credibility that's owed to them."

Source: TMZ

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