Joni Mitchell is not dead, according to the folk musician’s rep, who was responding to a false article that appeared to have been published by mistake.
A representative for Rhino Entertainment, which is working on a continuing reissue series of the legendary folk singer-catalog songwriter’s material, told Variety on October 7 that an online report about her death—since removed—was incorrect. “I can confirm all is well so this was done in error,” the representative said.
The news source did not first break the news that the 78-year-old had passed away. Variety pointed out that the story that appeared elsewhere included the editing notes indicating information that needed to be filled in, as well as the headline “Joni Mitchell Dies at TK AGE.”
One of the most significant female musicians of all time is Mitchell, a 10-time Grammy winner and recipient of the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors. With hits like “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” “Help Me,” and “Free Man in Paris,” the Canadian singer shot to popularity in the late 1960s.
Since a brain aneurysm ruptured in 2015, Mitchell has generally avoided the media, according to Variety. Since then, she has rediscovered how to walk and often hosts parties at her home in central California with “Joni jams,” according to the source.
In protest over the streaming service’s inclusion of a podcast from COVID-19 vaccine skeptic Joe Rogan, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell made news in January when she declared she would take her songs off of Spotify. Young had previously taken a similar stance. At the time, she stated in a statement on her website, “People are losing their lives as a result of irresponsible people propagating misinformation. On this matter, I concur with Neil Young and the international scientific and medical communities.”
After the uproar, Spotify posted the terms of service online and claimed that since the COVID pandemic began, they have “removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID.”
Mitchell made her first public appearance in eight years in April when she performed two of her songs with other musicians at the Recording Academy’s 2022 MusiCares Person Of The Year gala, where she was the guest of honor. She appeared at the 2022 Grammys two days later.
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