Friday, March 05, 2010

Attempting Suicide? Best Be on the Safe Side

As cries for help go, this one is pretty definitive:

Whenever she felt tempted to contact her ex-boyfriend, Alexa Ray Joel would throw herself into work. "Sometimes writing songs is the one thing that keeps me from goingcrazy or calling that person," she told People last year. But the lyrics to her new single "Invisible" sound more like an SOS than a helpful distraction: "I'm the girl you broke in two . . . You say you're movin' on, now I gotta let it go/And this is not healthy anymore."

Indeed, distraught as the second anniversary of her breakup from her former bassist Jimmy Riot approached, the singer and daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley took eight pills on Dec. 5, then called 911 when she had trouble breathing. The dispatcher reported that the caller said she "wants to die" but then "feels funny. Now wants to live." Fortunately Joel, 23, wasn't in serious danger from ingesting Traumeel, a homeopathic aspirin alternative that is not lethal at that dosage. She left New York City's St. Vincent's Hospital several hours later and is currently recuperating with her parents, who split in 1994 but remain friendly. "She is looking forward to getting back on track," says her rep. Adds a source: "This was not a suicide attempt. It was more like a cry for help."

Or maybe she'd caught wind of this.

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