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Randy Travis In Critical Condition

posted 8 Jul 2013, 15:09 by Mpelembe   [ updated 8 Jul 2013, 15:10 ]

Country star Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital from complications from a virus.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES  (REUTERS) - U.S. country music legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital because of complications from a virus, the "Forever and Ever, Amen" singer's publicist said on Monday (July 8).

Travis, 54, one of country music's best-selling artists, is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, which he recently acquired, Travis' publicist said in a statement.

Cardiomyopathy weakens and enlarges the heart, making it more difficult for the muscle to pump blood and can also lead to heart failure.

The singer was admitted to hospital on Sunday.

Travis, best known for hits "Three Wooden Crosses" and "Diggin' Up Bones," grabbed headlines last year after Texas State Troopers found the singer lying naked near his crashed car and his booking photo showed his face covered in cuts and bruises.

He pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to serve at least 30 days at an in-patient alcohol treatment facility.

In early May, Travis performed "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of country music legend George Jones in NashvilleTennessee.