The legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday and is being treated in intensive care. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that about 2.30pm, a person from Funchal Road was taken to a hospital in "fair condition."

Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]

At around 10pm, Mitchell's verified Twitter account confirmed the musician she was in intensive care "but is awake and in good spirits."

Mitchell, 71, is commonly regarded as one of the fines singer-songwriters of all time and was a prominent member of the Laurel Canyon music scene which included Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Carole King, the Eagles and the Mamas and the Papas. 

A message on the singer's official website said: "Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA area hospital.

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"She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. More updates to come as we hear them. Light a candle and sing a song, let's all send good wishes her way."

Mitchell has received eight Grammy Awards throughout her career, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. 

The singer is known to suffer from Morgellons disease - a condition in which the sufferer has a delusional belief that they are infested with disease-causing insects, parasites or other agents. In reality, no such things are present. The condition reportedly prevents Mitchell from performing live. 

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