Country music star Randy Travis was hospitalized for congestive heart failure earlier this week and subsequently had to undergo emergency surgery yesterday to relieve pressure on his brain after he suffered a stroke. Travis, 54, was hospitalized in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle and threatens its ability to deliver blood to the body. He now remains in critical condition.
Travis was a big figure in the country music scene of the 1980s. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Travis is known for hits like “1982,” “On the Other Hand,” “No Place Like Home,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Out of My Bones” and “The Hole,” among others. Travis also ventured into acting; he had roles in TV shows and films including Touched by an Angel, Texas Ranger, The Rainmaker, among others.