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Country music star Randy Travis suffers stroke in Texa

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Randy Travis, a Grammy-winning country music singer, has suffered a stroke and is undergoing surgery at a hospital in Plano, Texas, to alleviate pressure on his head, a spokesman for the singer announced late Wednesday.

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According to spokesman Kirt Webster, the singer's family and friends are with him at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, north of Dallas, and have asked for his fans' prayers and support.

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"As a result of his congestive heart failure, Mr. Randy Travis had a stroke and is currently undergoing surgery to alleviate pressure on his head. "He is in critical condition," Webster stated.

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Webster did not explain what type of stroke the 54-year-old singer had experienced.

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The announcement came only hours after physicians spoke publicly for the first time about his condition

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 stating that the musician was responding to treatment three days after being hospitalized for a virus-related heart problem.

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Travis's physicians claimed he was admitted on Sunday with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure

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Cardiomyopathy weakens and enlarges the heart, making it difficult for it to pump and potentially leading to heart failure.

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Travis' publicist confirmed on Tuesday that he had undergone an operation to implant a gadget in his heart to help it pump on its own.

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The musician, who lives in the North Texas village of Tioga, about 60 miles north of Dallas, was in good condition until three weeks ago, when he suffered a viral upper respiratory ailment, according to one of his doctors.

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Travis' legal difficulties have put him in the spotlight throughout the last year. He was detained after Texas state troopers discovered him naked

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 on the road beside his damaged automobile over a year ago. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days at an in-patient alcohol treatment center.

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