Alexa Ray Joel Faints During NYC Performance
Alexa Ray Joel, the singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Binkley, collapsed during a live performance in New York City Saturday night.
Alexa Ray Joel Faints During Show
Joel was playing to a sold-out crowd in the Café Carlyle at the Hotel Carlyle when she suddenly lost consciousness, reported People. She was rushed by ambulance to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope.
Vasovagal syncope is a heart condition in which blood is blocked from flowing to the brain, causing fainting and loss of consciousness. The condition does not require treatment.
Joel Reassures Fans
Joel released a statement following her release to reassure her fans and thank them for their support.
"I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me," she said in a statement to People. "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 and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern."
According to Joel’s rep, the singer hadn’t been feeling well prior to taking the stage to put on her show. “Ms. Joel was taken ill earlier in the afternoon and announced from stage that she pulled out her back and neck, but wanted the show to go on," said the rep.
Saturday was the last day of Joel’s residency at the Upper East Side establishment. She’d been performing from the piano at the venue since April 1.
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