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Travis hospitalized in critical condition

DALLAS – Randy Travis has been admitted to a Texas hospital in critical condition, according to his Nashville-based publicity firm.

Says a release from Webster & Associates Public Relations & Marketing: “The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into the medical facility yesterday.”

According to Johns Hopkins, “Cardiomyopathy is the term for any disease of the heart muscle that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood with sufficient force.”

And it’s rare and slow-moving, except when caused by a viral infection.

When reached by phone, representatives for the PR firm say they are not releasing any further information at this time.

The Tioga, Texas-living Travis, of course, has had his share of legal troubles in recent years — most notably a February 2012 public intoxication arrest outside a Sanger church; that August 7, 2012, incident in Grayson County, Texas, during which a naked, unarmed Travis threatened to shoot and kill state troopers, which was followed weeks later by a fight in a Plano, Texas, church parking lot with his fiancee’s estranged husband. But just four days before Christmas, his Dallas-based attorney Larry Friedman told The Dallas Morning News that Travis is “committed to a new fitness regimen that includes a strict three-hour workout every day and a new high-protein diet.”

Messages have also been left for Friedman.

Pete Schulte, who represented Travis in the Plano case, says via email that “I am saddened to hear of my former client’s serious illness and wish him a speedy recovery. Just like many Americans, I am a big fan of his music. To my knowledge, he was doing very well prior to this illness. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

But long before he made TMZ headlines, Travis was — and remains — among the most beloved and revered country singers, one of the last of the so-called neotraditionalists who took the keys from George Jones and handed them to Garth Brooks. Among his myriad awards: six Grammys (his first in ‘88 for ``Always & Forever’’), nine American Music Awards and countless other country-music honors.

According to his website he has a number of shows scheduled between now and October, including the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan, Canada, this Saturday, where he was due to perform with the Dixie Chicks.


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