Country singer Randy Travis in critical condition after heart procedure

Tue Jul 9, 2013 5:25pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ailing U.S. country singer Randy Travis has undergone a procedure to place a device in his heart that will help it pump on its own, his publicist said on Tuesday, as the singer remained in critical condition in a Texas hospital.

Travis, who was admitted to the hospital on Sunday because of complications from viral cardiomyopathy, had the device installed in a ventricle of his heart to help stabilize the muscle before moving to another hospital, publicist Kirt Webster said in a statement. Such devices are typically installed through a catheter in the groin.

Cardiomyopathy, which Travis recently acquired, weakens and enlarges the heart, making it more difficult for the muscle to pump blood and can lead to heart failure.

Webster denied media reports that Travis, one of country music's best-selling artists in the 1980s, had undergone heart surgery, but said that the Grammy winner was still in critical condition.

Webster declined to say where Travis was being treated.

"We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," Travis said in the same statement.

Travis rose to the top of the country music charts by stringing together seven No. 1 hits in the late 1980s, including the love songs "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)" and "Too Gone Too Long."

Good wishes poured in from country musicians after the singer entered the hospital.

"Thinking about my friend, @randytravis, tonight. Hope he gets better soon," singer Carrie Underwood said on Twitter. Travis and Underwood shared a Grammy award in 2009 for their duet "I Told You So."   Continued...

Singer Randy Travis arrives at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this April 18, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files