Report: Randy Travis has heart surgery in Texas hospital (updated)

Posted 2:07pm on Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013

UPDATE: According to a report from People magazine, country singer Randy Travis had heart surgery on Monday following his admission to a Texas hospital the previous day in critical condition.

“We have been told he has had surgery,” Teresa Traywick, the wife of Randy’s brother Ricky Traywick, told People. “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,” Traywick said. “My prayers are with them. That’s all I can say right now.”

Original post from Monday:

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, has been hospitalized in Texas and is in critical condition, according to his publicity firm.

“The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy,” says a statement from Webster & Associates. “Travis was admitted into the medical facility [Sunday].”

The Forever and Ever Amen singer has made headlines in recent months due to a trouble-plagued 2012 that saw two arrests in North Texas on alcohol-related charges and a third in a church parking lot fistfight. But in March, he performed before a boisterous and appreciative crowd at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.

According to a Star-Telegram story about Travis that appeared after his concert, Travis began work in November on an album in which he does cover versions of songs by his country heroes, such as George Jones and Lefty Frizzell. At the time, he was hoping for a late-summer release date.

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