Randy Travis hospitalized in Texas, reportedly in critical condition
Singer is suffering from a viral infection in his heart
Troubled singer Randy Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital yesterday, where he is listed in critical condition. According to his publicist, the Grand Ole Opry member is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.
According to PubMed.gov, an online resource published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, viral cardiomyopathy is a “viral infection of the heart [which] is relatively common, usually asymptomatic and has a spontaneous and complete resolution. It can, however, in rare cases, lead to substantial cardiac damage . . . and congestive heart failure. Viral cardiomyopathy is defined as viral persistence in a dilated heart.”
Last month in Nashville, the 54-year-old Travis attended the June 5 CMT Music Awards with fiancee Mary Beougher, and performed at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival June 7.
Travis has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently in 2009 for his part in Carrie Underwood’s re-make of his 1988 hit, “I Told You So.” Their pairing won the Grammy that year for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
While better known in recent years for a messy divorce followed by a series of run-ins with the law, Travis was a consistent hit maker from the mid-’80s through he mid-’90s. He landed a total of 16 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot County Songs chart, including “Forever And Ever, Amen,” “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” and, most recently, “Three Wooden Crosses.” Travis was the Country Music Assn.’s Male Vocalist of the Year in 1987 and 1988.
Recover Randy, and continue your fight for sobriety. It's like going from the dark side of life with no hope to God's light, love, and a chance to see things you missed. As long as God gives us another day there is hope. It's not about who you were, but who you want to become. Having respect for yourself is the first struggle. I live with a recovering alcoholic and he has been in recovery for several years. He thought he was a hopeless drunk. He had been since he was 16 years old. At 40 he hit his rock bottom. He works with men on a construction crew staffed by men that are also recovering. The support each other with the struggle. Get well Randy, soon.
Randy Travis is one of my all time favorite country artists, I am very saddened to hear he is so ill.
My prayers are with him and his family. :(
I had a co-worker years ago who mentioned a country singer named Randy Travis. I kept the conversation going on that point; then he swore he never heard of you and thought that was the typical name of a country singer. Uncanny.
Sorry if I'm going highbrow, but this sounds like what struck down Mahler. I hope today's medicine gives you a better chance then he had. You've been one of the alternatives to what Alan Jackson once called rocking the jukebox.
One of the greatest country music voices of all times. Get well soon Randy.
When I first heard of your music 20 yrs plus, I fell in love with "forever and Ever Amen. The lyrics and your voice. Loved it. Get better.
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