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Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

Randy Travis is in critical condition, undergoing heart surgery

Country singer Randy Travis is hospitalized in critical condition with a viral heart infection, his publicist said Monday.

Travis, age 54, was admitted to an unidentified Texas hospital on Sunday because of complications related to his “recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy,” Travis spokesman Kirt Webster said in a written statement.

Randy Travis in 2003 photo Gerry J. Gilmore

Randy Travis in 2003 photo Gerry J. Gilmore

Travis had recently been on the road, performing in Detroit on June 28 and Chicago on June 29. 

He was set to do a show in Deadwood, South Dakota, on Wednesday.

He appeared well during business meetings on Friday and Saturday, Webster said.  “Then on Sunday, it hit him.”

Travis’ sister-in-law Teresa Traywick released a statement about the singer’s condition.

“We have been told he has had surgery. Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family. Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That’s all I can say right now.”

Viral cardiomyopathy is a disorder where a virus attacks the muscles of the heart, causing the heart to beat slower, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. 

In some cases, the heart can stop, it said.

“Viral cardiomyopathy can be caused by 30-plus different viruses, but it’s almost impossible to pinpoint which virus it is,” said Dr. Ramin Oskoui, a cardiologist and internal medicine specialist in Washington. “Hospitals use viral cardiomyopathy as a ‘catch all’ diagnosis.”

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