Randy Travis Undergoes Heart Procedure
Randy Travis' family is praying for him. Since the 54-year-old country singer was admitted to a hospital in Texas in critical condition on Sunday, July 7, his sister-in-law says he has undergone a heart procedure.
"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," Teresa Traywick said in a statement via USA Today on July 9. "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."
UPDATE: Travis' rep clarified in a statement to Us Weekly on Monday, "Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery. Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into a Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals."
Travis also issued a statement thanking his fans for their well wishes. "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," he said. The singer is suffering from complications due to viral cardiomyopathy, or the weakening of the heart muscle caused by infection.
Keith Urban and other country stars have taken to Twitter to send the "Three Wooden Crosses" singer their well wishes. "Sending healing strength and love to you this morning, Randy Travis," Urban wrote on July 9.
Earlier this year, Travis pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Texas last summer. He received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and 180-day suspended jail sentence.