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Country singer Randy Travis hospitalized in critical condition



By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:13 p.m. HST, Jul 08, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. » Country music star Randy Travis was in critical condition today in a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy.

A news release from the singer's publicist says Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and is in critical condition. Kirt Webster, Travis' publicist, said no other details about Travis' condition were available today.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a heart condition caused by a virus.

The illness is a continuation of a tough run for the 54-year-old "Three Wooden Crosses" singer after a handful of recent high-profile appearances, including a performance during the Country Music Association Festival's nightly concert series.

Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year when he was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.

Travis was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence. He was required to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and complete 100 hours of community service.

The Mayo Clinic website describes cardiomyopathy as a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.

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Mahalo wrote:
Why was it important to add about his DUI in this article.. What does it have to do with him being sick??
on July 8,2013 | 12:24PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
He is a high profile personality, comes with the territory.
on July 8,2013 | 12:51PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Many times, stories like these will include most recent newsworthy facts about the subject, for reference and context.
on July 8,2013 | 03:13PM
control wrote:
Best wishes to him....I was hit with the same condition at the end of February and am still dealing with it. Two idiot doctors insisted it was just respiratory infection - it wasn't. Two weeks later, with extreme fatique and shortness of breath, doctor #3 got the prognosis right. All this after having a full cardio checkup 12 months earlier with a clean bill of health. Its a nasty virus that can strike anyone, anywhere, young, or old. Doesn't matter.
on July 8,2013 | 02:20PM
st1d wrote:
good luck to you and good luck to travis.
on July 8,2013 | 04:55PM
Skyler wrote:
Good luck to you and Travis, tool.
on July 8,2013 | 05:40PM
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