David Crosby confirms Joni Mitchell's aneurysm: 'She is not speaking yet'

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David Crosby: 'To My Knowledge,' Joni Mitchell 'Is Not Speaking Yet'

Amidst vast uncertainty over Joni Mitchell's health since she was hospitalized last March, David Crosby has confirmed the beloved folk singer did have an aneurysm and said she is currently unable to communicate.

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"I have not spoken with her. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet. She is home, she is in care, she is recovering," he told HuffPost Live. "She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she's going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury."

Crosby and Mitchell first became friends in the 1960s and were both a part of the booming Los Angeles Laurel Canyon Laurel Canyon folk scene. (Mitchell famously dated Crosby's Crosby, Stills & Nash bandmate, Graham Nash, for some time.)

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TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 21: Joni Mitchell: Singer pictured in Toronto performing in 1967. (Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - 1968: Joni Mitchell. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Joni Mitchell (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 26: Joni Mitchell in concert at Mariposa Folk Festival, 1970. (Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Joni Mitchell posed in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1972 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 15: Joni Mitchell playing at the Mariposa Folk Festival. (Mario Geo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Joni Mitchell. (Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell portraits during an interview in 1972 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14: Joni Mitchell performs live on stage at Wembley Stadium, London on 14th September 1974. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Joni Mitchell performing at 'California Celebrates the Whales' at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California on November 20. 1976. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 16: Historic Music. Joni Mitchell at the Riverboat. (Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 25: Folk singer Joni Mitchell. (Fred Ross/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Folk singer Joni Mitchell. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 22: Joni Mitchell was smokin' with her Turbulent Indigo. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK: Joni Mitchell with flowers backstage in New York in 1977 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Joni Mitchell. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 25: Joni Mitchell. (Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Joni Mitchell in concert at the CNE bandshell. (John Mahler/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - 1993: Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell performs at Rhino Record's 'Troubadours Of Folk' concert at UCLA in Westwood, California in 1993. (Photo by Sherry Rayn Barnett/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Joni Mitchell. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1976: Photo of Joni Mitchell, Mitchell Joni 093 c MOA (The Last Waltz Nov 1976 Winterland San Francisco) (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 1978: Joni Mitchell performs with Herbie Hancock at the Greek Theatre on September 2, 1978 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - MAY 1979: Joni Mitchell performs during the Berkeley Jazz Festival at the Greek Theatre in May 1979 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Joni MITCHELL; w/ Dr John (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Joni Mitchell. (Photo by Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Canadian icon Joni Mitchell during a Gala performance at the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.Mitchell tries out a guitar presented to her at the cocktail reception prior to the gala. (Photo by Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
 Portrait of Canadian folk great Joni Mitchell at the AGO before accepting lifetime achivement award at SOCAN. (Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Joni Mitchell (L) and singer Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift is reportedly in talks to play Joni Mitchell in a film biopic directed by Katie Jacobs from an adaptation of Sheila Weller's book 'Girls Like Us.' produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Singer/songwriter Joni MItchell attends the art exhibition and opening of Alexander Yulish 'Interior Stories' at Gallery Brown on January 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Musician Joni Mitchell attends the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring L.A. Reid held at The Beverly Hilton on February 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Recording artist Joni Mitchell performs during the Thelonious Monk Jazz Tribute Concert For Herbie Hancock at the Kodak Theatre on October 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell, portrait, UK tour, July 1983. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Musician Joni Mitchell and Comedian Rosie O'Donnell at the Violet Ray Gallery to celebrate Joni Mitchell's new album 'Shine' on September 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 13: Recording Artist Joni Mitchell performs at the 'Stormy Weather 2002' concert at the Wiltern Theatre on November 13, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The annual event benefits the Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute at Walden Pond. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell during Joni Mitchell in Concert - Concord, CA at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - FEBRUARY 27: Folk/Country Singer Emmylou Harris, Folk Singer Joni Mitchell, and Actress Rosanna Arquette attend the 1996 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards on February 27, 1996 at Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards broadcast at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 21, 2001. (photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the Kamikaze's Expansions All Celebrity Art Show Exhibition Opening Night Reception on June 27, 1984 at Kamikaze in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joni Mitchell (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Joni MITCHELL (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell performs onstage during the finale of Turner Network Television's 'All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell' at the Hammerstein Ballroom 06 April, 2000 in New York City. The event featured numerous singers and musicians performing Mitchell songs. (Photo credit: MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell and James Taylor in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Joni Mitchell during TNT's 'All Star Tribute To Joni Mitchell' in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards on December 10, 1988 at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the Batman Westwood Premiere on June 19, 1989 at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the First Annual Billboard Music Awards on November 26, 1990 at The Barker Hangar, The Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the 31st Grammy Awards After Party on February 22, 1989 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends the Powwow Highway West Hollywood Premiere on February 23, 1989 at DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Joni Mitchell smiles as she holds two Grammy Awards at 38th Annual Grammy Awards 28 February in Los Angeles. Mitchell won Grammys for Best Pop Album for 'Turbulent Indigo.' AFP PHOTO/Jeff Haynes (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS - 1997: Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell performs at the NARAS Dinner in Beverly Hills, California in 1997. (Photo by Sherry Rayn Barnett/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Musician Joni Mitchell attends All Celebrity Art Show on June 27, 1984 at Kamikaze in New York City.
Musician Joni Mitchell and sister Chris Anderson attend All Celebrity Art Show on June 27, 1984 at Kamikaze in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CANADA - JULY 11: Joni Mitchell (Photo by Jack Cusano/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - October 4: L-R Joni Mitchell performs live at at The Bread and Roses Festival at The Greek Theatre on October 4, 1980 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: Joni Mitchell performs on stage accompanied by bassist husband Larry Klein, at Wembley Arena on April 23rd, 1983 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: Joni Mitchell performs on stage at Wembley Arena on April 23rd, 1983 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 4: Joni Mitchell and BB King performing at the Bread & Roses Festival at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on October 4th, 1980. (Photo by Clayton Call/Redferns)
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 1976: Neil Young and Joni Mitchell perform with The Band during The Last Waltz at Winterland in November 1976 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 1976: Bob Dylan joins The Band (L to R: Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Rick Danko, Van Morrison, Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson) to play their Last Waltz at Winterland on November 25, 1976 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: NEW VICTORIA THEATRE Photo of Joni MITCHELL (Photo by Mick Gold/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 14: WEMBLEY STADIUM Photo of Joni MITCHELL (Photo by David Warner Ellis/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: NEW VICTORIA THEATRE Photo of Joni MITCHELL (Photo by Mick Gold/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 14: WEMBLEY STADIUM Photo of Joni MITCHELL, Joni Mitchell performing on stage (Photo by David Warner Ellis/Redferns)
Joni Mitchell performs live on stage at Wembley Stadium on September 14 1974 in London. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Joni MITCHELL (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 1: Joni Mitchell performs at the Community Center in Berkeley, California on March 1, 1974. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell performs on stage at the New Victoria Theatre, London, 20th April 1974. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Joni Mitchell posed in Amsterdam, Holland in 1972 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CANADA - JULY 15: Joni Mitchell (Photo by Mario Geo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Joni MITCHELL; Joni Mitchell, posed, with zither (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Airdate: October 7, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JONI MITCHELL
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Joni MITCHELL; Posed portrait of Joni Mitchell (Photo by RB/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - circa 1970: Photo of James TAYLOR and Joni MITCHELL; w/ James Taylor recording backing vocals on Carole King's album Tapestry (Photo by Jim McCrary/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 01: Photo of Joni Mitchell (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Joni Mitchell Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Joni Mitchell (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Joni Mitchell (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1960: Photo of Joni Mitchell Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
CANADA - APRIL 16: Joni Mitchell at the riverboat. Positive poetry and imagery set to music. (Photo by Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Portrait of Canadian musician Joni Mitchell seated on the floor playing acoustic guitar, November 1968. This image is from a shoot for the fashion magazine Vogue. Mitchell wears a loose-fitting white dress. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Getty Images)
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Crosby continued, "She's a tough girl and very smart. So, how much she's going to come back and when, I don't know and I'm not going to guess. I love her... She's probably the best of us -- probably the greatest living singer-songwriter."

Crosby also talked about Kanye West, though less affectionately. When asked about a tweet from earlier this year when he called West "an idiot and a poser," Crosby confirmed this was an accurate representation of his feelings.

"Yes, I said that!" he said. "It all stands on what you produce, what you actually put down. Kanye West can't write, sing, or play. So I have trouble with him as anything but a poser. Produce? That means he sits in a chair while the engineer does the work. He's a poser! And I'm not backing off it."

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