Celebrity Joni Mitchell Remains Hospitalized; Is 'Alert' and Expected to Make a 'Full Recovery' The legendary singer remains in the hospital By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is the Senior News Editor, Entertainment at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines and Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 28, 2015 06:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Joni Mitchell in 2014. Photo: Getty Joni Mitchell is expected to make a “full recovery,” according to a statement posted on the singer’s website Tuesday. Her team moved quickly to reassure fans after court documents surfaced earlier in the day stating that she is “unresponsive” in the hospital. “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma,” says the statement. “Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.” Per the court documents, the singer-songwriter, 71, remains unconscious at UCLA Medical Center. Her longtime friend Leslie Morris filed the documents to become Mitchell’s conservator. According to the documents, Morris, who has been friends with Mitchell for “over 44 years,” is filing for conservatorship because the singer has no “second degree” relatives as defined by the court. First obtained by TMZ, the filing also states that the Canadian musician is “so impaired as to be incapable of being assessed.” But according to the new statement posted on Mitchell’s site, “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. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.” A rep for Mitchell did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Mitchell was first rushed to the hospital March 31 after she was found unconscious in her L.A. home. The same day, a verified Twitter account for the singer Tweeted that she was in intensive care but “awake and in good spirits.” Reads an April 3 post on the folk star’s official website: “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day.” The eight-time Grammy winner – known for hits like “Big Yellow Taxi” and Both Sides, Now” – has stated in the past that she has struggled with Morgellons disease, a skin condition which causes sufferers to feel crawling sensations under the skin.