Randy Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday and is currently in critical condition at the facility, according to his publicist. The country star is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that weakens the heart and can cause cardiac damage or even failure.
Very little information otherwise has been released about Travis's condition at posting time. His publicity firm stated there were no further details to share. There are many causes for cardiomyopathy; however, the viral variety is triggered by a virus.
Travis, 54, has been weathering a rocky path of both legal and health issues for several years now. His string of troubles started in 2010, when he divorced his longtime wife and manager, resulting in dueling lawsuits from both parties. In 2011, he collapsed on stage mid-song while performing at a hospital benefit dinner.
Most notoriously, the following year, he made headlines for entering a convenience store and attempting to buy cigarettes while completely naked. He crashed his car later that same evening. In addition to the DWI charge he received as a result of that accident, Travis was also cited for two other separate incidents involving alcohol in 2012.
However, things seemed to be looking up for the singer by the end of that year. In November 2012, his lawyer reported that Travis was committed to kicking alcohol, maintaining a health-oriented lifestyle, and working on new music.
Indeed, Travis's 2013 to date has appeared drama-free. After pleading guilty to his August DWI, he seemed to put his troubles behind him and made several high-profile appearances — including a collaboration with the Avett Brothers for CMT Crossroads, a moving performance at George Jones's funeral, and a fun-filled jam onstage with Willie Nelson for Nelson's 80th birthday in April. Last month, he gave a solid performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium which did not indicate any issues. He told the crowd that he had just finished recording an album of country classics, citing "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" as one of the tracks.
Here he is in early June of this year, performing as part of CMA Music Fest 2013: