Country singer Randy Travis critically ill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Randy Travis is hospitalized in critical condition with a viral heart infection, his publicist said Monday.

Travis, 54, was admitted to an unidentified Texas hospital on Sunday because of complications related to his “recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy,” Travis spokesman Kirt Webster said in a written statement.

Travis had a tough year in 2012 with arrests for assault and public intoxication, which earned him a probation sentences.

As one of country music’s top-selling artist, Travis owns seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Award statuettes.

His best known songs include “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “Deeper Than the Holler.”

Travis grew up in Union County, N.C.

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