Grammy-winning country singer Randy Travis has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering from complications of viral cardiomyopathy, his spokesperson said in a statement to OTRC.com on Monday, July 8.
The 54-year-old was taken to a medical facility in Texas a day earlier. His rep said he had "recently acquired" viral cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle. It could lead to heart failure if left untreated. Possible treatments include surgery and medication, included beta blockers and diuretics, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
Travis, a native of North Carolina, is known for hits such as "Three Wooden Crosses," "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" and "Forever and Ever, Amen." He has won seven Grammys, including one for "I Told You So," his 2009 duet with country and pop star Carrie Underwood. His most successful record, the 1987 album "Always & Forever," has sold more than five million copies in the United States.
He also works as an actor and his latest project, the TV film "Papa Noel," is currently in production. Travis had two recurring parts in the series "Touched by an Angel" -- Jed Winslow and Wayne, and starred on the big screen as well, such as in the 1998 film "Black Dog" with Patrick Swayze and the 2001 movie "Texas Rangers" with James Van Der Beek and Rachel Leigh Cook.
He made headlines last year when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas. He pleaded guilty and was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence, 24 months of probation, a $2,000 fine, 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and 100 hours of community service.