Country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition with a heart infection, reps for the star have confirmed today.
According to his flak, Randy Travis has been hospitalized for “viral cardiomyopathy,” and a statement released by Webster & Associates Public Relations & Marketing reads:
“The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into the medical facility yesterday.”
Little information about Randy Travis’ current condition is available, and the agency did not elaborate on a possible prognosis for the singer as he battles the infection.
A local Fox affiliate notes that cardiomyopathy affects the body’s ability to circulate blood, and can be particularly severe when caused by a viral infection:
“According to the Mayo Clinic, Cardiomyopathy is a disease that weakens and enlarges your heart muscle. There are three main types of cardiomyopathy — dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive. Cardiomyopathy makes it harder for your heart to pump blood and deliver it to the rest of your body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.”
Prior to falling ill, Travis hit it big on country charts with hits including Three Wooden Crosses, Forever and Ever, Amen, Diggin’ Up Bones, and Deeper Than the Holler.
Randy Travis’ sudden and serious illness was heavily shared on Twitter as fans prayed and sought more information, with several retweeting:
BREAKING NEWS: Country singer Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas hospital
— Eyewitness News (@eyewitnessnyc) July 8, 2013
It wasn’t clear where Randy Travis was hospitalized, or how long his recovery is expected to take.