Onstage Emergency! Alexa Ray Joel Collapses During Performance
Singer Alexa Ray Joel is recovering after fainting onstage during a performance, and she wants to thank her fans for their support.
The 28-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley was singing to a sold-out crowd at NYC's Café Carlyle when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital.
Her rep told People.com that she was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a condition that blocks blood from flowing to the brain and causes fainting. It is not a serious condition and does not require treatment.
The rep added that Alexa hadn't been feeling well before the performance. "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."
In a statement to her fans, Joel said, "I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me. 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."