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Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas

54-year-old country singer hospitalised for heart condition

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  • Published: 10:03 July 9, 2013
  • Tabloid

  • Image Credit: Wade Payne/Invision/AP
  • FILE - In this June 7, 2013 file photo, Randy Travis performs on day 2 of the 2013 CMA Music festival at the LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Travis has been hospitalized in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy. A news release from the singer's publicist says Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Dallas. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Country music singer Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday night at a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalised for heart problems.

A news release from the singer’s publicist said the 54-year-old Travis was admitted to the hospital on Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition on Monday evening.

Travis was being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus, according to his publicist, Kirt Webster.

The Mayo Clinic website says the disease weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.

The illness is a continuation of a tough run for Travis after a handful of recent high-profile appearances, including a performance during the Country Music Association Festival’s nightly concert series and George Jones’ funeral.

Long a popular figure in country music, the North Carolina-born singer has been trying to put his life back together after a series of embarrassing public incidents involving alcohol.

Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year when he was found bare after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.

Travis was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2,000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence. He was required to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and complete 100 hours of community service.

The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer rode his alternately mellow and majestic voice to stardom in the 1980s and ’90s with hits like “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”


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