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Breaking: Randy Travis in critical condition at Dallas Hospital

[quote]Country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after being admitted Sunday. According to a press release from his publicist, the singer of such hits as Forever and Ever, Amen, On the Other Hand and Three Wooden Crosses is suffering complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. Viral cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles caused by a viral infection.

by Anonymousreply 9109/07/2013

Sorry, forgot the link.

It's on NBC News and TMZ as well.

by Anonymousreply 107/08/2013

Viral infection?

by Anonymousreply 307/08/2013

Cirrhosis?

by Anonymousreply 407/08/2013

Complications of cirrhosis would have been my first guess, yeah.

by Anonymousreply 507/08/2013

The photo of Randy on his Facebook page looks like - of all people - David Bromstad.

by Anonymousreply 607/08/2013

[quote]Viral infection?

Hep C can cause it. Have there ever been any rumors about ole Randy and heroin?

by Anonymousreply 707/08/2013

Why does Randy always get the ailments of a hobo? Boy must live rough.

If this one doesn't kill him, I won't be surprised to see a Jani Lane-style thread on him here soon.

by Anonymousreply 807/08/2013

You may want to have your eyes examined, R6.

by Anonymousreply 907/08/2013

If it's cirrhosis, does that mean he has yellow skin?

by Anonymousreply 1007/08/2013

[quote]If it's cirrhosis, does that mean he has yellow skin?

It would be worse if he had yellow skin along with feminine features. Do you think he has feminine features? Does his forehead resemble the beautiful Muffie Potter Aston?

by Anonymousreply 1107/08/2013

He didn't look well.

by Anonymousreply 1207/08/2013

He's from the South, R11, so I'm assuming his genitals are MUTILATED.

by Anonymousreply 1307/08/2013

Oh, dear, r12. Poor Randy is a bit... Eunice Shriver-y there, isn't he?

by Anonymousreply 1407/08/2013

Because whether you're circumcised is what [italic]really[/italic] matters when you're in critical condition, eh R13?

by Anonymousreply 1507/08/2013

That's what Barbara Hershey died of in "Beaches". Will Bette Midler wear a big black hat and sing "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Randy's funeral?

by Anonymousreply 1607/08/2013

"Glory Of Love," r16. The slow, special "Bette" version.

by Anonymousreply 1707/08/2013

This is sad. He looks ready to drop dead at R12. Hope he pulls through. He lives his music I guess. Forever and ever AMEN!!!

by Anonymousreply 1807/08/2013

Yes, R13. I am sure that's it. The infection from his circumcision finally caught up to him.

by Anonymousreply 1907/08/2013

Well with the drunk driving arrests, he's been making the wrong kind of news for several years now. More evidence the closet kills.

by Anonymousreply 2107/08/2013

Good lord. That is a horrible picture. He has a gigantic head!

by Anonymousreply 2207/08/2013

Jeez, he looks like the scary preacher from "Poltergeist 2" in that pic at r12.

by Anonymousreply 2307/08/2013

He always looked kind of "country*," but was not bad looking as a young man.

*which my sister defines as "looks like his parents were first cousins."

by Anonymousreply 2407/08/2013

Noooo guys, not alcohol, but drugs.

My (educated) guess is meth.

by Anonymousreply 2607/08/2013

In a sort of unrelated note, I miss country music the way it was back when he was big.

by Anonymousreply 2707/08/2013

R26, he was a drunk for many years before he explored the wonders of meth. It's unlikely his body will be able to put up much of a fight.

by Anonymousreply 2807/08/2013

He seems to have excellent teeth, though.

by Anonymousreply 2907/08/2013

Ironic that his big hit was Forever and ever Amen.

by Anonymousreply 3007/08/2013

Skeletorch Song

by Anonymousreply 3207/08/2013

These pictures are making me shout, "Oh, sweet Jesus!"

The guy's probably dead and here I am laughing from nervous shock at his visage.

by Anonymousreply 3307/08/2013

Peggy Hill would never say that r31

Michelle bachmann would.

by Anonymousreply 3407/08/2013

I remember when he was the top male vocalist in the whole music business, and that included all genres. In the 80s, he won all the American Music Awards for years.

by Anonymousreply 3507/08/2013

[quote]He seems to have excellent teeth, though.

Veneers do an excellent job of correcting even the worst cases of meth mouth.

by Anonymousreply 3607/08/2013

I'm sure he paid a lot of money for them, R29. Jesus that R12 pic is horrifying. It's like something jumping out of a coffin in a haunted house.

by Anonymousreply 3707/08/2013

Cause of death: The Closet.

by Anonymousreply 3807/08/2013

R34, Randy Travis never stole one of Michelle Bachmanns' songs....husband maybe.

by Anonymousreply 3907/08/2013

I saw Randy sing live back in the early 90's. He was personable and sang beautifully.

Money does not buy happiness.

by Anonymousreply 4007/08/2013

It's so fucking sad. I loved his first hit and he seemed like a genuinely good guy.

I hope he's outed soon- for his own sake. As a tale of what the Country closet will do to someone.

by Anonymousreply 4107/08/2013

His ex-beard/manager outed him when they broke up.

by Anonymousreply 4207/08/2013

The most recent song upload on his Facebook is...

[italic]"Tonight I'm playing possum".[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 4307/08/2013

[quote]He seems to have excellent teeth, though.

Dentures, obviously.

by Anonymousreply 4407/08/2013

get well soon!

by Anonymousreply 4507/08/2013

I wonder how he was treated behind the scenes in the country western community.

Don't they alienate the gay people more or less- even if they stay quiet?

by Anonymousreply 4607/08/2013

I assume his cardiomyopathy stems from his severe alcoholism - the long-term effects of heavy, chronic drinking is a weakened heart.

"Due to the direct toxic effects of alcohol on heart muscle, the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently, leading to heart failure."

In most cases, complete abstinence from alcohol and other dietary and fitness changes can reverse the severity of the condition. GIven Travis' history, this degree of change seems unlikely.

by Anonymousreply 4707/08/2013

I am a "lurker" on DL and rarely post but there is quite a bit of misinformation on this thread.

I was diagnosed with the same heart ailment 5 years ago. The heart condition could be caused be abusing drugs but is also caused by a virus. People of different ages may get this ailment. I have seen 20 year old women with this illness.

If Randy makes it through the next few days, he will probably be fitted with a pacemaker in the next few weeks. There is no cure for heart failure, the damage can only be slowed down. The heart is straining to pump blood in its' weakened state, It is typical for the heart to enlarge (and weaken). Think of it of a balloon that is now way overinflated.

The only hope for hope failure patients is to receive a heart transplant.

by Anonymousreply 4807/08/2013

Viral cardiomyopathy is a disorder where a virus attacks the muscles of the heart, causing the heart to beat slower, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. In some cases, the heart can stop, it said.

“Viral cardiomyopathy can be caused by 30-plus different viruses, but it’s almost impossible to pinpoint which virus it is,” said Dr. Ramin Oskoui, a cardiologist and internal medicine specialist in Washington. ”Hospitals use viral cardiomyopathy as a ‘catch all’ diagnosis.”

by Anonymousreply 4907/08/2013

How sad. What R27 said.

by Anonymousreply 5007/08/2013

I just said the other day after watching that PBS 4th of July broadcast, it is interesting how country music - which used to dominate those specials especially in the first Bush era - has really vanished from the mainstream.

by Anonymousreply 5107/08/2013

Years of drug abuse and non stop drinking have cause his cardiomyopathy. Viral, my ass.

Mine was caught in time, I stopped in time, and if I hadn't, I'd have been dead 10 years ago. My ejection fraction when they brought me in was 10.

by Anonymousreply 5207/08/2013

Could be from untreated dental infections.

Or this could be a fisting accident and they are covering it up.

by Anonymousreply 5307/08/2013

Poor Randy, he's had a tough year so far.

by Anonymousreply 5407/08/2013

Randy was married to a woman, right? Doesn't sound gay to me.

by Anonymousreply 5507/08/2013

[quote]I just said the other day after watching that PBS 4th of July broadcast, it is interesting how country music - which used to dominate those specials especially in the first Bush era - has really vanished from the mainstream.

This year they featured Motown The Musical. That's so patriotic and really fits the occasion.

by Anonymousreply 5607/08/2013

A pacemaker is being used here as a generic term. What he might get is a CRT-D. a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with Defibrillator. A CRT device has three leads inserted in the heart. One in the Right Atrium, One in the Right Ventricle and a third in one of the veins on the outside of the left ventricle. It also has a built in defibrillator as Patients with his condition are susceptible to sudden death syndrome. Drug therapy will also be used either in place of the CRT or in addition. It will be interesting to hear what his doctors recommend.

by Anonymousreply 5707/08/2013

poor guy just has not been able to get his shit together.

by Anonymousreply 5807/08/2013

His debut cd is a masterwork. 1982, On the Other Hand, Reasons I Cheat, Send My Body, etc

by Anonymousreply 5907/08/2013

Oh shut up, r55.

by Anonymousreply 6007/09/2013

R55 the woman Randy married was 1) 20 years older 2) his manager

by Anonymousreply 6107/09/2013

I hope they induct Randy Travis into the Country Music Hall of Fame while he's still alive, and not wait until after he dies, like they did with Tammy Wynette or Conway Twitty.

by Anonymousreply 6207/09/2013

I eat old people's excrement!

by Anonymousreply 6307/09/2013

Yes about the complex etiologic features of cardiomyopathy, but in Travis' case the underlying cause appears rather evident.

by Anonymousreply 6407/09/2013

My sister lived for over 15 years with viral cardiomyopathy. She was not a big drinker, was in her 50's when she was diagnosed, but was a very large woman whose weight put extra strain onher heart. She died 5 years ago at age 68. she had a pacemaker that made all the difference. She led a full life for most of those 15 years.

by Anonymousreply 6507/09/2013

She had viral cardiomyopathy for over 15 years, R65, or did she live with the effects of an acute case?

And did she have her own health insurance for all the help she got?

by Anonymousreply 6607/10/2013

He looks tremendous!

by Anonymousreply 6707/10/2013

bump

by Anonymousreply 6807/10/2013

Randy Travis' publicist says the singer has suffered a stroke in a Texas hospital, in surgery - @AP

by Anonymousreply 6907/10/2013

Country music star Randy Travis, who has been hospitalized with a heart condition, had a stroke Wednesday, according to Baylor Hospital.

His publicist, Kirt Webster, also confirmed that Travis had had a stroke.

The hospital said Travis is in critical condition and is undergoing surgery to relieve pressure in his brain.

by Anonymousreply 7007/10/2013

i wonder if it's meth related. Often causes strokes.

by Anonymousreply 7107/10/2013

damn

by Anonymousreply 7207/10/2013

It's sad what the closet does to a gay man. Very sad.

by Anonymousreply 7307/10/2013

"His voice is too deep."

Stereotype much?

by Anonymousreply 7507/13/2013

Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke.

A statement Wednesday says Travis has been discharged from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano near Dallas, where he'd been admitted July 7.

The statement from publicist Kirt Webster goes on to say Travis has been moved to a physical therapy center for further treatment for a stroke he suffered July 10.

The 54-year-old singer developed the heart failure due to a viral illness. The stroke prompted surgeons to operate to relieve pressure on his brain.

by Anonymousreply 7607/31/2013

He's back in the hospital with double pneumonia and the Enquirer is writing a speculative piece about who will inherit his estate -- his ex or his new fiancee.

[quote]AS country music legend RANDY TRAVIS clings to life, a vicious battle is raging over his $15 million fortune! The 54-year-old singer is at death’s door after contracting double pneu­monia, sources say. Now his ex-wife, LIB HATCHER TRAVIS, is fighting his still-married “fiancée,” MARY DAVIS BEOUGHER, for control of his assets.

[quote]The Grammy winner was hospital­ized in critical condition with viral cardiomyopathy on July 7. As The ENQUIRER reported, Travis’ heart problems could have been exacer­bated by his return to drinking after 19 years of sobriety and a deadly new addiction to speed. He suffered a stroke on July 10 and underwent surgery to relieve pres­sure on his brain. But he seemed to be rallying, sources say, until he inhaled food into his lungs and contracted double pneumonia. That landed him in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

by Anonymousreply 7709/05/2013

When were his scenes in "The Bridge" filmed?

by Anonymousreply 7809/05/2013

Untreated strep. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 7909/05/2013

'Inhaled food into his lungs?' Was he choking on food? Seriously, how does this happen? Any medical people know the answer? I've choked on food pleny of times and never contracted pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 8009/05/2013

You will. It's very easy to inhale food and drink.

by Anonymousreply 8109/05/2013

Haven't you ever heard of food or drink 'going down the wrong pipe', R80? You must be young. I aspirated some chewed up raw carrot in my lungs years ago. Just took a wrong breath or something, or talking while chewing. It didn't give me pneumonia either, but I coughed it out most of the day. When you're older, and already sick, it can't be good. Down the hall from our apt., a druggie was taken by ambulance because she aspirated vomit.

by Anonymousreply 8209/05/2013

Yes, R80. I have heard of food going down the wrong pipe and, as I stated in my post, I've choked on food before. And I'm 51 so not that young but the wording is what threw me. Why not just say he choked on food instead of 'inhaled?' Did the papers report that Janis Joplin INHALED a ham sandwich?

When I think of inhaling something, its either through the nose (like coke) or eating fast.

Sorry to upset you R82, but I do thank you for the explanation.

by Anonymousreply 8309/05/2013

[quote]There is no way he is gay. His voice is too deep.

Funny troll post.

by Anonymousreply 8409/05/2013

I remember tricking with this guy because his voice was so deep, I loved fucking him. He would do these deeeeep guttural moans. Yeah, a deep voice means your not gay...riiiiiight...

by Anonymousreply 8509/05/2013

R80 it usually means that they've aspirated vomit. It's a relatively easy thing to have happen. All it takes is inhaling while throwing up.Happens often with people who are drunk, or high, and passed out laying on their back. It's also common in the elderly and infirm.

The pneumonia can come from an infection that comes from the vomitus rotting in the lungs

by Anonymousreply 8609/05/2013

Food in the lungs is very common in hospitals because you are leaning back in the bed when you eat.

by Anonymousreply 8709/05/2013

Note to DLers. When you are in the hospital, no matter how convenient and easy it is, when they bring the tray sit up straight to eat!

by Anonymousreply 8809/05/2013

They've probably killed millions by letting them lie back while they eat.

by Anonymousreply 8909/05/2013

Like he still has a gag reflex.

by Anonymousreply 9009/05/2013

His fiance

by Anonymousreply 9109/07/2013
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