- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Award-winning country singer Randy Travis underwent heart surgery, his sister-in-law Teresa Traywick said.

“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,” she said in a statement, USA Today reported. “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 country star was reported as being in critical condition Monday at a Texas hospital after being admitted Sunday with a viral heart infection.

The 54-year-old country star is suffering complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy — a weakening of the heart muscles caused by a viral infection — according to a written statement from his publicist.

It is unknown what caused the singer’s condition.

Mr. Travis is the winner of seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music awards. He’s best known for his songs, “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “Deeper Than the Holler.”

Mr. Travis was scheduled to perform in Deadwood, S.D., on Wednesday, TMZ said.

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