"The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well."
In a Huffington Post webcast reported by the ABC, former boyfriend of Canadian folk legend Joni Mitchell has explained that Mitchell was rushed to hospital back on March 31 due to a brain aneurysm, causing the 71-year-old to lose her ability to speak.
David Crosby explained in answer to a fan's question that, "She took a terrible hit, she had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while...
"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."
Crosby said that "to his knowledge, she is not speaking yet", though Mitchell is currently said to be recovering at home in Los Angeles.
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In a statement on jonimitchell.com, Mitchell's conservator, Leslie Morris, confirmed: "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day. A full recovery is expected."
Crosby and Mitchell dated back in 1967 but have stayed friends over the years.