On Monday, the publicist of Randy Travis informed that the country singer was hospitalized after his health condition became critical due to a viral heart infection.
On Sunday, 54-year-old singer was admitted into a Texas hospital. Kirt Webster, the spokesman for Travis, said that the singer’s health complications were the result of his newly acquired viral cardiomyopathy.
The singer has recently been on the middle of a tour. On June 28, he performed in Detroit and held a show in Chicago the next day. He was supposed to hold another show in South Dakota’s Deadwood on Wednesday.
According to Webster, Travis looked fine during Friday and Saturday’s business meetings but the sickness got him on Sunday.
According to the information found on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral cardiomyopathy is a virus driven disease where the heart muscles are infected and made the heartbeat slower. In some critical cases, the disorder can cause stopping the heart’s function.
An internal medicine specialist and a cardiologist in Washington, Dr. Ramin Oskoui, said that 30-plus different viruses are responsible for viral cardiomyopathy but it is nearly impossible to detect which virus it is. Viral cardiomyopathy has been used by the hospitals as a ‘catch all’ diagnosis.
The year 2012 went tough for Travis because of his earning probation due to his arrests for public intoxication and assault. Oskoui said that alcohol might play a role in causing cardiac problems but he said that it would be a mere speculation to say that alcohol had worsened the cardiac problems of the singer.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Travis was on the lead of the ‘New Traditionalist’ movement. However, he faded at the end part of the 90s. In 1999, he made a comeback after turning to gospel music.
Some of his best-known songs are ‘Three Wooden Crosses’, ‘Deeper Than the Holler’, ‘Diggin’ Up Bones’, and ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’.