Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of singer Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, collapsed on stage while performing in New York this past weekend. Mercury News reported on April 14, 2014, that the 28-year-old singer was just two songs into her set at Cafe Carlyle when she suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Claire Mercuri, spokeswoman for Alexa Ray Joel, said that doctors diagnosed her with vasovagal syncope, and that was the cause of the collapse. The disorder causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and heart rate along with a reduced flow of blood to the brain.
Alexa Ray Joel said in a statement:
"I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me."
Joel was said to have been feeling ill earlier in the day and even said on stage that she had pulled out her back and neck, but "wanted the show to go on."
Mercuri said that her Joel is now feeling much better and that there was no treatment that could really be done. The condition requires no real treatment and Alexa Ray Joel simply needs to get rest and be aware of when symptoms may rise again.
Alexa Ray Joel was closing out a two-week run at Cafe Carlyle.