Randy Travis is in critical condition after suffering from complications that stem from his recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. According to the singer’s rep, Randy was admitted to an undisclosed hospital in Texas on Sunday. Travis, 54, was just diagnosed with the cardiomyopathy, which the Mayo Clinic describes as a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle. It’s not clear how the country superstar acquired the illness, according to TMZ on Monday, July 8. Viral cardiomyopathy is the ailment fictional character Hilary Whitney died from in the popular movie “Beaches”.
Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure, and as reported by Us Weekly can be caused by many factors, including long-term high blood pressure and alcohol abuse. It is not yet known if either of those factors contributed to Travis’ condition.
The singer’s most recent headlines came when he plead guilty to DWI, from a case last summer when he crashed his Pontiac Trans Am. In another incident, he was involved in an altercation in a church parking lot.
He received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. Travis was also ordered to an inpatient alcohol treatment facility for a minimum of 30 days, and must complete 100 hours of community service.
According to IMDB, Barbara Hershey’s character Hilary had the same disease in the famous movie from 1988 that starred Bette Midler. Hilary declines and eventually dies from the condition in the fictional movie version.
Grammy winning Randy Travis is known for hits like “Forever and Ever Amen”. Travis was next scheduled to perform in Deadwood, South Dakota on Wednesday.