AP source: Billy Joel's daughter took pills
(AP) - Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of pop star Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, was hospitalized aftertaking eight pills at her Manhattan apartment, a law enforcementofficial said Saturday.
A friend frantically called 911 shortly after noon Saturday fromthe singer's Greenwich Village apartment saying Joel, 23, had takenseveral pills, the official told The Associated Press. Joel tookeight pills, though officials didn't know what kind she hadingested, an official said; it wasn't clear whether she hadaccidentally overdosed or attempted suicide, the official said.
Joel is hospitalized in stable condition and receivingtreatment, Joel publicist Claire Mercuri said Saturday. Shewouldn't elaborate.
"We are currently assessing her needs," she said.
Her father said she will recover.
"She is going to be fine," Billy Joel told New York's Newsdaynewspaper on Saturday night.
Fire Department records indicate that paramedics responded tothe West Village building where Joel lives at 12:21 p.m. Saturdayand transported one woman to St. Vincent's Hospital. The firedepartment declined to identify the patient.
In a MySpace blog post this summer, Joel described herself as"forgotten" and said she was finding it hard to meet a nice guy.
Joel had upcoming performances scheduled in the city, includingat the New York Stock Exchange tree lighting ceremony Thursday.