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Country star Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital

Randy Travis performs at LP Field during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 7, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. WIRE IMAGE/Frederick Breedon IV.

U.S. country music legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital because of complications from a virus.

The Forever and Ever, Amen singer had undergone surgery for a stroke, to relieve pressure on his brain.

Travis, 54, one of country music’s best-selling artists, is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, which he recently acquired, Travis’ publicist said in a statement.

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

The singer was admitted to hospital on Sunday.

Travis, best known for hits Three Wooden Crosses and Diggin’ Up Bones, grabbed headlines last year after Texas State Troopers found the singer lying naked near his crashed car and his booking photo showed his face covered in cuts and bruises.

He pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to serve at least 30 days at an in-patient alcohol treatment facility.

In early May, Travis performed Amazing Grace at the funeral of country music legend George Jones in Nashville, Tennessee.