Country Singer Randy Travis has undergone heart surgery according to a statement released Monday by his sister-in-law Teresa Traywick and is in critical condition. Travis' publicist reported that the singer was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday night as a result of viral cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart muscles.
Traywick expressed concern for what she described as a genetic heart condition. "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. 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."
The 54-year-old singer is known for the gospel-inspired song "Three Wooden Crosses" which was named country music's song of the year in 2003 as well as hits like the 1987 Academy of Coutry Music's song and single of the year "Forever and Ever, Amen" and American Music Award-winner "Deeper Than the Holler."
Despite his accomplishments, Travis has a number of alcohol-related troubles recently including driving drunk and fighting outside of a church.