Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley rushed to hospital after 'suicide bid'
Alexa Ray Joel, pictured earlier this year, was involved in an apparent suicide bid
The daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley has been released from hospital after an apparent suicide bid.
Alexa Ray Joel, 23, is said to have swallowed a large number of pills and told her flatmate she wanted to die.
Her flatmate called the 911 emergency number just before 12.30 on Saturday afternoon and she was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in New York.
Supermodel Brinkley, 55, arrived at the hospital about four hours later.
After she was admitted Claire Mercuri, publicist for Alexa and her 60-year-old Piano Man father, said in a statement: 'Alexa is stable.
Her doctors are assessing her needs and that's all we can say at this moment.'
Joel later told Newsday: 'She is going to be fine.'
Alexa, a singer-songwriter like her father, was released after several hours.
Fire Department sources told the New York Daily News she told doctors she had swallowed a number of pills and was having difficulty breathing, but a source close to her said she had only taken a homoeopathic antihistamine.
Alexa, the only daughter of Joel and Brinkley, who divorced in 1994 after nine years of marriage, recently complained on her MySpace page about how difficult it is to meet men.
The 23-year-old, pictured performing with father Billy Joel, who said she 'is going to be fine'
The 23-year-old, pictured with her mother Christine Brinkley, is also a singer-songwriter
In her August posting she wrote: 'Just Men. UGH!!! MEN!!!
'I don't like dating!!! Wish I could be in a relationship again without having to date. I HATE going out!! I'm a homebody and a workaholic. I don't like going out and drinking to meet men!!!
'I always have to drag myself out the door to get up the motivation to go out, and when I do go out, I don't meet anybody!!!
'Is anyone else finding it a difficult 'dating world' out there? I'm so terrible at dating – I don't know if I'll ever get used to it! And I HATE the game-playing! Can't stand it.
'I live in the greatest city in the world and I can't seem to meet an interesting guy who also happens to be NICE.'
The exterior of St. Vincent's Medical Center, where Alexa Ray was hospitalised following the apparent suicide attempt
A source told the Daily News Alexa has been depressed since splitting from former bandmate Jimmy Riot several years ago, and her mother's ugly divorce from fourth husband Peter Cook, plus her father's marriage to and subsequent separation from Katie Lee, who is only four years older than her, have added to her stress.
'She has battled depression,' the source said. 'She had a rough breakup with her boyfriend. It was her first love.
'Alexa has had some emotional issues. This may be a cry for help. Christie loves Alexa but she can be tough on her.
'Her mother was a supermodel. Her father is one of the biggest pop stars in America. She's trying to find her place in the world.'
Last year Billy Joel told Details magazine he tried to kill himself when he was 21 by swallowing furniture polish.
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