Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of music icon Billy “Piano Man” Joel and modeling legend Christie Brinkley, has been hospitalized in New York City after an alleged suicide attempt. Alexa, 23, was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan Saturday afternoon after allegedly ingesting a large quantity of sleeping pills, The New York Post has learned.
At approximately 12:21PM, a frantic 911 call came from Alexa’s roommate at 19 Bethune St. in the West Village. The young woman told EMTs that Alexa has been depressed after recently breaking up with a boyfriend and may have taken too many pills.
In an August posting on her MySpace page, Alexa listed her mood as “forgotten” and complained about her love life….or lack thereof. Earlier this year, there were even reports that Alexa Ray’s mom, Christie, was hoping to set the beautiful brunette up on a date with lothario John Mayer — which could drive anyone over the edge.
“I don’t like dating!!! Wish I could be in a relationship again without having to date,” she wrote. “I HATE going out!! I’m a homebody and a workaholic… I don’t like going out and drinking to meet men!!! I always have to drag myself out the door to get up the motivation to go out, and when I do go out, I don’t meet anybody!!!” she continued. “I live in the greatest city in the world and I can’t seem to meet an interesting guy who also happens to be NICE.”
Alexa Ray is the only daughter of Joel and Brinkley, whose nine-year marriage ended in divorce in 1994. After dropping out of New York University, she launched a singing career. The prolific pianist and songwriter is reportedly lucid and expected to recover.
“She is stable,” Claire Mercuri, her publicist, told NBC New York. “Her doctors are assessing her needs. And that’s all we can say at this moment.”
Alexa is scheduled to participate in a tree-lighting ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
How sad. We hope Alexa gets the help that she needs. She has a lot of talent! Please talk to someone if you’re having any suicidal thoughts. Someone out there loves you and taking your own life is never a solution.