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Joni Mitchell in intensive care

Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after paramedics responded to a call about an “unconscious female” at the legendary singer’s Los Angeles home, it has been reported.

TMZ reports that paramedics responded to a call placed at the legendary singer’s house, finding the 71-year-old unconscious on arrival at around 2.30pm.

According to reports, she was conscious and alert on the way to the hospital.

While details of her hospitalisation remain scarce, TMZ reports that the situation “appears to be quite serious”. Calls to her rep have yet to be answered.

The singer-songwriter was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada in 1943. She moved to the US in 1965, where she soon began touring, before signing with Reprise Records. Her debut album was released in 1968.

She found commercial success with Big Yellow Taxi – which was covered by the Counting Crows in 2002 – and Woodstock, both of which helped define a generation.

In 2002, she released what she called her final album, Travelogue – a collection of reworkings of her previous tracks. However, in the following few years, she released compilations of her earlier works.

Sadly, Joni gave up singing in 2010 after declaring that "six decades of heavy smoking have finally robbed me of my voice".

Joni won eight Grammy Awards during her illustrious career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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