PLANO, TX – Three days after being admitted with a serious heart condition, country music superstar Randy Travis is improving in a Plano hospital after suffering congestive heart failure, his doctors said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.
The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was listed in critical condition Tuesday after being treated for viral cardiomyopathy. The viral illness led to a weakened heart muscle that eventually worsened into heart failure.
Travis was admitted Sunday at Baylor McKinney with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure where he underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.
“Mr. Randy Travis was admitted through an emergency department to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on Sunday, July 7. He had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness,” said Dr. William Gray, Director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas.
Gray said at McKinney, Travis was stabilized and subsequently sent to THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care in the care of Dr. Michael Mack.
“Since his transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement,” Mack says.
The release goes on:
“On behalf of his 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.
We will be giving further updates as his condition changes.”
The illness comes as Travis has been trying to put his life back together after a series of embarrassing public incidents involving alcohol. Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following an arrest in Grayson County last year and received two years of probation and a $2,000 fine. He was required to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and complete 100 hours of community service.
He recently made several public appearances, including a poignant performance at George Jones' funeral.
Travis is a traditional country purist who is a pivotal figure in the genre best known for his hits "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Three Wooden Crosses." His Warner Bros. debut album "Storms of Life" sold 3 million copies and helped return country music to its roots.
"I always feel like he's part of our family, he's in our family," singer Keith Urban said Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.