Mitchell 'not speaking'

New York - 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 Mitchell was recovering at home but that "to my knowledge, she is not speaking yet".

"She had an aneurysm and nobody found her for a while," he said last 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 dated Mitchell briefly in 1967 and has remained friends with her. She was a major figure in folk rock in the 1960s, with hits including Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock and Both Sides, Now.

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

Agence France-Presse

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