Sunday, December 6, 2009

Alexa Ray Joel hospitalized after taking eight pills at her Manhattan apartment

The New York Post is reporting that Alexa Ray Joel, the 23-year-old musician daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, was found by her roommate this afternoon after an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. She was rushed to St. Vincent's hospital and is now in stable condition according to her publicist. The police are treating the incident as a suicide attempt.

A friend frantically called 911 shortly after noon Saturday from the singer's Greenwich Village apartment saying Joel, 23, had taken several pills, the official told The Associated Press. Joel took eight pills, though officials didn't know what kind she had ingested, an official said; it wasn't clear whether she had accidentally overdosed or attempted suicide, the official said.

The official wasn't authorized to publicly disclose the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Joel is hospitalized in stable condition and receiving treatment, Joel publicist Claire Mercuri said Saturday. She wouldn't elaborate.

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