1. Headline
  1. Headline
updated 3/16/2005 9:15:29 AM ET 2005-03-16T14:15:29

Billy Joel has checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation center “for treatment of alcohol abuse,” his spokeswoman said.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

Joel, 55, entered the clinic after suffering “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress,” spokeswoman Claire Mercuri told the New York Post for Wednesday editions.

In June 2002, the singer-songwriter checked into a New Canaan, Conn., substance abuse and psychiatric center. He later said he entered the hospital because he had been abusing alcohol.

Joel has been involved in several car accidents in the past three years, though none has been linked to alcohol or drug use.

The Grammy-winning artist, whose hits include his signature song, “Piano Man,” married 23-year-old Kate Lee last year. It was his third marriage.

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Brazen bike bandits caught on camera

    NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and his team locked a bike to a tree in San Francisco and not only captured its theft on camera, but followed it on its journey after being stolen.

    9/2/2014 1:24:01 PM +00:00 2014-09-02T13:24:01
  1. TODAY

    video CDC director: Ebola epidemic ‘spiraling out of control’

    9/2/2014 11:49:11 AM +00:00 2014-09-02T11:49:11