U.S. country singer Randy Travis in critical condition -publicist

LOS ANGELES Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:51pm EDT

Singer Randy Travis arrives at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this April 18, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files

Singer Randy Travis arrives at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this April 18, 2010 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Steve Marcus/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. country music legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital because of complications from a virus, the singer's publicist said on Monday.

Travis, 54, one of country music's best-selling artists who had a string of hits in the 1980s, is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, which he recently acquired, Travis' publicist said in a statement.

Cardiomyopathy weakens and enlarges the heart, making it more difficult for the muscle to pump blood and can lead to heart failure.

The "Forever and Ever, Amen" singer was admitted to hospital on Sunday.

Travis, best known for hits "Three Wooden Crosses" and "Diggin' Up Bones," made headlines last year after Texas State Troopers found the singer lying naked near his crashed car and his booking photo showed his face covered in cuts and bruises.

He pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to serve at least 30 days at an in-patient alcohol treatment facility.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Sandra Maler)

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Comments (2)
jackiesogle wrote:
Please pull through Randy. Praying hard for you.

Jul 08, 2013 5:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
putout wrote:
You Dirtbag reporters always have to include all the bad about someone in your reports, what does it have to do with his condition. JERKS
Get well soon Randy, Amen Bro.

Jul 08, 2013 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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