Randy Travis Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame Three Years After Massive Stroke

Jennifer Deutschmann

On March 29, Randy Travis was recognized with country music's most esteemed honor: a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. During the induction, his wife, Mary Davis-Travis, revealed some startling news. According to Mary, her country superstar husband suffered a massive stroke in July, 2013, which nearly took his life.

Us Weekly Magazine reports Travis, who was 54 at the time, was admitted to a Texas hospital with chest pains. He was eventually diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a condition that later caused a massive stroke and left him in critical condition fighting for his life.

As the stroke left Travis with a marked speech impediment, the 56-year-old country music superstar asked his wife to take the stand and make a speech on his behalf.

During her acceptance speech, Davis-Travis broke down while relating the story of how the "Always and Forever" singer nearly died.

"They really said there was no hope, go ahead and pull the plug. I went to his bedside and said, baby, you've got to give me some more fight. And I knew that he had a little talk with Jesus, because he squeezed my hand, and a little tear fell down. And I knew that he wasn't through yet. He's a wonderful man, he's a wonderful husband. I am blessed beyond measure to get to walk beside him."

Travis was previously married to Lib Hatcher. However, the couple divorced in 2010 after almost 20 years of marriage.

Randy's current wife credits him with taking baby steps towards recovery, saying he was always fired up to do an extra lap or add a new word to his vocabulary. She said he even sang "Amazing Grace" at a friend's funeral recently. According to Mary, he was not entirely ready to sing, but it was great to see him striving to move forward in his recovery.

"It's those things that mean so much. It's certainly put life in perspective as far as what we need to focus on... goal is to get back on the stage and sing again. There's no quit in this man. He wakes up with a smile on his face; he goes to bed with a smile on his face. He inspires me daily."

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