Randy Travis is in Critical Condition in a Texas Hospital [Update]
Randy Travis was admitted to a hospital in Texas Sunday due to extreme complications from a viral infection, according a statement from his publicist.
The country legend has made most of his headlines in the last couple years for his run-ins with the law, which include public intoxication outside a Baptist church and drunk driving near Tioga. But, as our reviewer of his March 25 show will attest, Travis has been sober and focused on music of late. His most recent recording is a moving tribute to George Jones called "Tonight I'm Playing Possum." You can listen to the song through Warner Brother Nashville's Soundcloud. The specific condition that landed him in the hospital is viral cardiomyopathy, which is a weakening of the heart muscles.
Travis' sister-in-law told PEOPLE he had surgery yesterday and noted that both his brother and mother have dealt with heart trouble. Meanwhile, fans famous and otherwise are taking to Twitter to lend their support to the great singer:
Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis -KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 9, 2013
Travis was supposed to launch a tour later this week at Deadwood Mountain Grand in South Dakota.
Note: This story was originally published at 4:36 p.m. on July 8 and updated at 8 a.m. on July 9.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.