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Country singer Randy Travis, who was hospitalized on Sunday for viral cardiomyopathy — a condition caused by a viral infection in the heart — was reported to have undergone heart surgery, but a representative for the singer is clarifying the procedure as “placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.”
The singer remains in critical condition.
“We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time,” says Travis via his rep.
A statement issued by Travis’ sister-in-law Teresa Traywick to USA Today revealed a family history of heart-related problems. “Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family,” she reportedly said. “Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps.”
The 54-year-old Travis was listed in critical condition at a Dallas hospital yesterday.
The award-winning artist, who released his first studio album, Storms of Life, in 1986, has seen a spate of legal troubles recently, including a 2012 arrest for driving under the influence — and apparently in the nude. A few weeks later, Travis’ truck was found wrecked in a Texas field.
In January, Travis pleaded guilty to the motor vehicle infraction and received two years’ probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
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