DALLAS — Country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to a hospital in Texas and he is listed in critical condition according to his public relations firm. The six-time Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.
“Cardiomyopathy is the term for any disease of the heart muscle that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood with sufficient force,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Travis’ condition, which is viral, was caused by an infection in the heart.
Travis was admitted to the hospital yesterday.
He was at the forefront of the “New Traditionalist” movement in the 1980s and ’90s, but Travis faded as the ’90s wore on. He made a comeback after turning to gospel music in 1999. His song “Three Wooden Crosses” won song of the year in 2003 from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
As one of country music’s top-selling artist, Travis owns seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Award statuettes.
Travis is best known for his hits like “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Diggin’ Up Bones,” but made headlines in 2012 after several run-ins with the law.
Travis said in November he had put together a personal program to get sober and had returned to the recording studio.