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TODAY   |  July 09, 2013

Randy Travis in critical condition at Tex. hospital

Suffering from complications of a viral infection affecting his heart, the country music legend is recuperating  in a hospital in Texas. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>>> another big story , grammy winning star randy travis fighting for his life this morning in critical condition at a texas hospital. natalie has more than that.

>> good morning. the 54-year-old was rushed to the emergency room on sunday. he is suffering from a recently acquired viral infection affecting his heart. new concerns for randy travis , one of country music 's most beloved voices in critical condition this morning recooperating from serious heart trouble . it's the latest in a string of disturbing episodes for the one time super star .

>> have you had anything to drink today, sir.

>> yes, sir i have.

>> travis was arrested for public intoxication in february 2012 after being found in a parked car in possession of a wine bottle and no identification.

>> you're going to go to jail for public intoxication .

>> six months later he was found lying in the road naked and legally intoxicated after a one car accident . he pleaded guilty to assaulting his arresting officer and was given a suspended jail sentence .

>> i'm glad it's behind me. i'm looking forward to getting on with the year and playing some music.

>> but the concern now isn't for travis 's career but his life. his new trouble, a heart condition called viral cardiomyopathy.

>> viral cardiomyopathy is a viral infection of the heart muscle . it weakens the heart muscle and can cause heart failure .

>> this is a guy that two years ago cut an album with everyone who mattered in country music who wanted to pay tribute to how much randy travis mattered to them. you know the country music establishment and fans are wishing him well.

>> travis ' publicist says no other details will be made available right now but a lot of fans wishing him well this morning.