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Singer Joni Mitchell in intensive care after being rushed to L.A. hospital

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Musician Joni Mitchell performs at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute in Hollywood, in this file photo taken October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Max Morse/Files

LOS ANGELES - Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after falling ill at her L.A. home.

The Canadian musician's official Twitter account confirmed Mitchell's hospitalization. Two hours later, JoniMitchell.com tweeted "Joni is currently in intensive care in an LA area hospital but is awake and in good spirits. More updates to come as we hear them."

According to TMZ, paramedics hurried to the singer's Bel Air residence after receiving a 911 call. She was reportedly alert on the way to the hospital.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that paramedics responded to an emergency 911 call on Mitchell's street in Bel Air at about 2:30 on Tuesday, but was unable to confirm her condition.

Her rep could not be reached for comment.

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Mitchell is a lifelong smoker who has said in the past that "six decades of smoking have robbed me of my voice."

The eight-time Grammy winning musician, now 71, is known for songs like "Both Sides Now," "The Circle Game," "Free Man in Paris" and "Help Me" and helped define the Laurel Canyon sound of the 1960s and '70s. Her songs, such as "Big Yellow Taxi" and "River," have been famously covered over the years.

Mitchell's most recent album of original music, "Shine," was released in 2007. A four-volume boxed set, "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced," came out in 2014.

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