Randy Travis’ Wife Reveals He Almost Died Due To A Stroke In 2013

Randy Travis almost died of a stroke in 2013. Travis’ wife, Mary Davis-Travis, revealed the shocking news during his induction for Country Music’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the ceremony, Mary Davis-Travis took to the podium with Randy. Travis told the room “Thank you,” before passing the mic on to Mary to speak on his behalf due to his limited speech. While she was addressing the room, she described how dire of a situation Randy Travis was in back in 2013.

“They really said there was no hope; go ahead and pull the plug. I went to his bedside and I said, ‘Baby, you’ve got to give me some more fight.'”

She continued to discuss the tender moment she shared with the famed country singer.

“And I knew that he had had a little talk with Jesus, because he squeezed my hand, and a little tear fell down.”

During her speech she became teary-eyed, but held on as she continued with her touching tribute to her husband, Randy Travis. “And I knew that he wasn’t through yet. He’s a wonderful man; he’s a wonderful husband. I’m blessed beyond measure to get to walk beside him.”

Back in July of 2013, when it was reported that Randy would need brain surgery, stars tweeted support for him.

Carrie Underwood said, “Thinking about my friend, @randytravis, tonight. Hope he gets better soon.”

While Billy Ray Cyrus said, “Thoughts and prayers continue for Randy Travis. Not only my good friend..I’m a fan of the man and his undeniable distinct voice. Legend!”

Randy Travis made a rare appearance at a funeral two months ago and performed “Amazing Grace” with a group of people. It was the first time he performed since having a stroke in 2013. Travis went to the funeral of Kiepersol Estates founder Pierre de Wet at KE Bushman Celebration Center in Texas. In addition to Travis, Randy Owens, of the group Alabama, performed as well.

Aside from his wife’s speech at the Country Music’s Hall of Fame, there weren’t many updates on Randy Travis, except from his friend Chuck Lipps. At the time Lipps said, “He can talk … say words, but no sentences. He is alert and knew me.”

Travis also showed up at the 2015 ACM Awards at the Grand Ole Opry. Many fans hope that Travis is on the mend and will get back to himself, but the fact that he struggled to get out words at his induction ceremony said it all.

The last we heard from Travis’ wife was before their marriage, when she was his fiancée. After his stroke, she opened up about his spirit while he was on the road to recovery. She told ABC’s WFAA in November of 2014, “He wakes up with a smile on his face; he goes to bed with a smile on his face. He inspires me daily.”

She continued, “The music does come easy. He plays every single chord, and he knows all the words. I’m exactly where I need to be and want to be, and from Randy’s standpoint, he’s gonna be back. He loves music too much.”

The pair said “I do” in March of 2015 after two years of being engaged. Travis was married to Lib Hatcher for 19 years before the couple decided to divorce in 2010.

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