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Randy Travis Update: Country Singer Undergoes Emergency Surgery for Stroke

UPDATE 7/13/13: The latest reports on country singer Randy Travis’ condition, according to Travis’ publicist (via Billboard and CNN), are that the country singer is “heavily sedated” but is “resting comfortably” after surgery on Wednesday. Travis remains in critical condition, however, and the family is continuing to ask for prayers from his fans. –ED

Unfortunately, the health problems of country icon Randy Travis have apparently gotten even more complicated. After reports surfaced that the singer, 54, was improving after treatment for viral cardiomyopathy (an illness which landed him in the hospital Sunday), new reports emerged saying he had suffered a stroke, and had gone into emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Travis is out of surgery but remains in critical condition, according to his publicist.

Travis had suffered congestive heart failure due to the viral illness that first caused him to be hospitalized at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, TX, but on Tuesday had successfully undergone a procedure in which a device was placed in his heart to help it to pump on its own. Dr. Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System told reporters, “His condition has stabilized, and he has shown signs of improvement.” Travis had been moved to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for further care prior to suffering the stroke.

Randy Travis is a six-time Grammy winner who has scored 16 number-one hits in his career, including “Three Wooden Crosses” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.” He has been on probation since being arrested for DWI in the Dallas area last year, and had reportedly been working on improving his health before this recent rash of issues. He had made several recent concert appearances, and was scheduled to perform in South Dakota this week. Travis’ family and friends are asking his fans to pray.


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Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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