Alexa Ray Joel Collapses While Performing Onstage in New York City

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 11:59 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Alexa Ray Joel collapsed on stage while performing to a sold-out crowd Saturday night at the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The 28-year-old daughter of singer-songwriter Billy Joel and super model Christie Brinkley was subsequently taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s emergency room, the New York Post reported.

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Joel was reportedly diagnosed with vasovagal syncope at the ER.


According to WebMD.com, vasovagal syncope is caused by a drop in blood pressure that reduces circulation to the brain and causes a temporary loss of consciousness. It is the most common type of fainting spell and primarily affects children and young adults, the medical website reported.

Shortly before her Saturday performance, Joel was said to been feeling ill after injuring her back and neck, however she insisted on going on with the show, the Post noted.

On Monday, Joel released a statement thanking her fans for their support.

"I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me," she said in the statement. "I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern."

This isn't the first time the aspiring singer has been rushed to the emergency room.

In December 2009, Joel allegedly attempted suicide by taking large amounts of homeopathic pills after a bad break-up with an ex-boyfriend, the Post reported.

Three years prior, Joel also passed out while performing on stage at Marist College, according to the tabloid. At the time, the young singer attributed the temporary loss of consciousness to "stress, lack of sleep, and just overall exhaustion."

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Aside from ER visits, Joel was more recently the victim of a digital stalker who reportedly sent her a series of sexually violent threats for several months in 2012. Her father then hired a private investigator who as able to track the threatening emails back to a woman who was using a public library computer in Minnesota.

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