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Heart surgery leaves Travis in critical condition

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COUNTRY singer Randy Travis, 54, underwent heart surgery, according to his sister-in-law Teresa Traywick.

"We have been told he has had surgery. Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family," she says in a statement. "Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That's all I can say right now."

Travis was in critical condition at a Texas hospital after being admitted Sunday. According to a press release from his publicist, the singer of such hits as Forever and Ever, Amen, On the Other Hand and Three Wooden Crosses is suffering complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles caused by a viral infection.

On Monday, another press release from his publicist said Travis underwent placement of an Impellea peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization and remains in critical condition.

"We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," Randy Travis says in the release.

Travis was to perform two shows on Sunday at the McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, but on Monday those shows were rescheduled to a later date.

Travis, who pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated in Texas earlier this year, was hospitalized in 2012 after a fight near a church in Plano, Texas.

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 10, 2013 D2

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