Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, collapsed on stage Saturday night, April 12, mid-performance.
The 28-year-old was two songs into her set at New York City's Cafe Carlyle, reports The New York Times, when she suddenly collapsed. She was taken to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope, a common and usually harmless cause of fainting, per New York Post's Page Six.
Joel's publicist told the Times that the singer-songwriter "had taken ill earlier in the afternoon and announced from the stage that she pulled out her back and neck, but wanted the show to go on." Joel, who was set to complete a two-week run at the Cafe the night she collapsed, released a her own statement regarding the health scare:
"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."
In 2006, it was reported that Joel suffered a "fainting spell" which caused her band to reschedule a few gigs, per a Chicago Tribune article from that year. But Joel set the record straight. "That whole thing got blown out of proportion. It was just one show a while ago. I fainted before the show just because I was totally stressed out," she told the Tribune at the time.
Joel made headlines earlier this month after photos from her Cafe Carlyle performance spurred rumors of plastic surgery. Joel took to Instagram to set the record straight yet again.
"I would just like to add that all of the continuously-circulating rumors that I have had extensive 'face-work' and undergone breast-augmentation surgery is simply and entirely 100% false. The only thing I have ever had done is my nose, which I have always been completely candid, honest, and open about," she wrote. "Any visibly-positive alterations in terms of my public-image are an absolute and sole credit to my brilliant makeup-artist and stylist, @darlingcait ... Who is a true beauty-wizard and visionary."
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