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Joni Mitchell Undergoing Intensive Care in Los Angeles; No Word on Health Issue Affecting 'River' Icon


Folk icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles and is in intensive care, according to a statement from the performer's team and USA Today. The songwriter was reportedly discovered unconscious in her bathroom before an ambulance was called. The performer came to while in the ambulance, according to the statement, however she remains hospitalized for treatment.

"She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits," the statement said. "Light a candle and sing a song, let's all send good wishes her way."

The actual cause of her hospitalization remains unknown. Mitchell, 71, revealed during 2014 that she has a rare skin condition called Morgellon's Disease, which causes unpleasant skin sensations and intense itching. Mitchell told Billboard the the condition makes it impossible for her to perform live, however it is unknown whether it has any connection to her current malady.

Mitchell is best known for tracks such as "River" and "Big Yellow Taxi," as well as classic albums such as Court and Spark. Among her most notable influences on music has been her embracing of non-standard tuning for her guitar, having performed songs using more than 50 different tunings. She was the highest-ranked female guitar player on Rolling Stone's rankings of the greatest musicians on the instrument.

Millenials might have gotten word of Mitchell's existence for the first time in recent months when it was suggested that Taylor Swift might play the songwriter in an upcoming biopic. The folkie might not have heard any of Swift's music but she agreed the physical resemblance was logical enough.

"Physically, she looks similarly small-hipped and high cheekbones," she said. "I can see why they cast her. I don't know what her music sounds like, but I do know this—that if she's going to sing and play me, good luck."

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