Alexa Ray Joel Collapses Onstage

But she's fine after fainting spell at concert

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2014 9:03 AM CDT | Updated Apr 15, 2014 10:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Alexa Ray Joel was playing a sold-out show at New York's Cafe Carlyle when she collapsed onstage and was rushed to the emergency room Saturday night. By the time the news came out yesterday, Joel was already recovering, and the 28-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley says in a statement that she's fine and just feels bad about the show: "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." Her rep tells People Joel was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a condition that causes fainting by blocking bloodflow to the brain.

Page Six notes that the condition is typically harmless, and E! reports that Joel will not need treatment. She's passed out at a show once before, when she fainted backstage in 2006. Then, in 2009, she made headlines after a suicidal overdose scare (though she later insisted it was neither a suicide attempt nor an overdose). Most recently, she was in the news earlier this month when the media noticed that she looks quite different nowadays (see a before-and-after comparison here) and rumors of plastic surgery surfaced. But Joel put those to bed, insisting all she's ever had done is a nose job.

This March 14, 2013 file photo shows singer Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, at The New York Observer's 25th anniversary party in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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