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Randy Travis is in critical condition at a Texas hospital, according to his rep.
The country singer “is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy,” reads a statement. Travis was admitted Sunday, July 7.
The news comes nearly a year after Travis made headlines with a string of incidents and run-ins with the law. Among them, that the Grammy winner was driving under the influence — reportedly naked — and threatened to shoot the Texas police officers who arrested him. Three weeks later, on Aug. 26, 2012, Travis’ truck was found wrecked and abandoned in a Texas field.
That same month, Travis reportedly was issued a misdemeanor assault citation after a confrontation between his girlfriend and her estranged husband in a church parking lot.
In January, Travis pleaded guilty to his August accident and received two years’ probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
A prolific country artist since his first studio album, 1986’s Storms of Life, Travis has won numerous industry awards including the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music’s song of the year for 2003’s “Three Wooden Crosses” as well as seven Grammys, most recently in 2010 for best country collaboration with vocals on “I Told You So,” which he sang with Carrie Underwood.
A viral cardiomyopathy is a condition caused by a viral infection in the heart. No word yet on the severity of the condition or when Travis may be released.
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