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Randy Travis Has Stroke in Hospital

July 11, 2013

As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and went into surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain. He is in critical condition.

The Texas troubadour has been recovering from a viral infection of his heart that hospitalized him suddenly on Sunday, two of his doctors said in media statements released Wednesday.

The doctors revealed that the musician was in "excellent health" in the weeks leading to his admission to the hospital and had developed a viral illness and congestive heart failure.

Travis was moved from Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas, to The Heart Hospital at Plano. There, he has been stabilized and has shown improvement.

"On behalf of Mr. Travis' family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received," said Michael Mack, the director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.

The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy, his publicist said. Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday.

Cardiomyopathy is defined as a disease of the heart muscle, usually chronic and with an unknown or obscure cause.

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