Alexa Ray Joel, 23, the daughter of
According to Newsday, Joel's family said the aspiring singer had taken an overdose of the homeopathic anti-inflammatory medication Traumeel. She was rushed to a Manhattan hospital after her roommate called 911 at around noon on Saturday. An unidentified police source told the New York Daily News, "She said [Alexa] had taken pills and was feeling despondent. ... She said she wasn't feeling good about herself."
Joel reportedly told medics she was having trouble breathing after taking some pills. The Associated Press reports that police say it is unclear whether the overdose was a suicide attempt or accidental. Sources told the Daily News that Joel had been distraught since her breakup with boyfriend and bandmate Jimmy Riot almost a year ago.
Emerging from the shadow of her father, one of the most popular and beloved American singer/songwriters of the 1970s and '80s, Alexa Ray has been trying to launch her own career in music. She released her debut EP, Sketches, in 2006, and was scheduled to perform twice in Manhattan this Thursday: at J&R Music World and at the New York Stock Exchange tree lighting. It was unknown at press time if she would still make those engagements, and a spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for comment at press time. Her latest single is a ballad called "Invisible," which her site describes as telling "the story of disappointment over losing love and self-esteem and finding female empowerment."
Billy Joel told Newsday that his daughter "is going to be fine." Alexa Ray is the only child of Joel and Brinkley, who divorced in 1994 after nine years of marriage. Joel has discussed his own suicide attempt by drinking furniture polish at age 21 following a hard breakup with a girlfriend. He has also battled with alcoholism, receiving treatment in 2002 and 2005. His third marriage, to Katie Lee, who was just five years older than Alexa when they married, ended in 2009 after five years.
Brinkley, long considered one of the most beautiful models of the modern era, has been married four times and recently suffered through an ugly divorce from ex-husband Peter Cook.