As reported a little earlier this evening by various news outlets, with TMZ breaking the story, at approx 2:30pm this afternoon legendary Canadian born singer/songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell was found unconscious at her LA home in the Bel-Air district and rushed to the hospital with hospital officials reportedly describing her condition as "quite serious." And although no specifics of exactly what caused Mitchell to be unconscious have been publicly announced so far, the 71 year old artist, who has attributed a life long cigarette smoking habit (she began smoking at age nine) to ending her singing career five years ago, has had a life long history of health problems. The range from surviving both scarlet fever and polio as a child (she was lucky to walk again) to several years ago being diagnosed with the disease known as Morgellons which results in sufferers experiencing under their skin parasite-like biting and crawling sensations.
She addressed this rare disease in her candid memoir Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words in which she described it as being so bad that she couldn't wear clothes, had to crawl across the floor, and couldn't leave her house for years on end. Additionally Mitchell has shared that she has suffered from both acute paranoia and insomnia. I sincerely hope that Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever, survives this hospital emergency. For updates on her status the JoniMitchell.com Twitter page tweeted earlier this evening that they are "awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know."
Meantime read Joni Mitchell's full Amoeba.com bio by Oliver Hall and check out some of below of a few select live performance tracks by the artist, whose album Blue ranks in my top ten best albums of all time, below - which can be found, along with many more, at Amoeba in the Joni Mitchell section. Also immediately below is an enlightening interview with Mitchell, who doesn't do many interviews, from a couple by her native CBC television conducted by Jian Ghomeshi at her California home.