The singer, who became famous in the midst of the swinging London scene of the 1960s and has enjoyed a respected (and sometimes troubled) career since, is “stable and responsive to treatment,” according to her representatives.
Her friend, performer Penny Arcade, told Rolling Stone that Faithfull had self-isolated from a cold, then went to the hospital last Monday, where she tested positive for Covid- 19. She has since contracted pneumonia.
Faithfull has had various health problems in the past. She suffered from anorexia during a homeless stay in central London in the early 1970s, when she was also addicted to heroin. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent successful surgery. In 2007, she announced that she had hepatitis C, diagnosed 12 years earlier. She also has arthritis and had other joint problems, including a hip injury that became infected after surgery and forced her to cancel a tour in 2015.
Outside of a ten-year fallow period after its breakthrough in the 1960s, she regularly released music throughout her life. His most recent album was Negative Capability of 2018, described as “a masterful meditation on aging and death” in Observer’s five-star review.