Saturday, December 5, 2009

Billy Joel's daughter took pills in NYC


NEW YORK — A law enforcement official in New York City says Alexa Ray Joel has been hospitalized after taking pills at her apartment.

The official tells The Associated Press that it's unclear whether the 23-year-old daughter of pop star Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley had attempted suicide. The official says a friend of Joel's frantically called 911 from Joel's downtown Manhattan apartment around noon on Saturday and said the singer had taken several pills.

The official didn't know how many or what kind of pills were taken.

The official wasn't authorized to publicly disclose the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joel's publicist, Claire Mercuri, says Joel is hospitalized in stable condition. She says, "We are currently assessing her needs."

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