POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 8:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 8:07pm
Dallas (KXAS) — From NBC affiliate, KXAS, in Dallas:
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.
Friends and family are with Travis and are resquesting prayers an support.
Doctors said earlier Wednesday that Travis was in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness he contracted.
The singer underwent a procedure to increase blood flow after being admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus.
The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, best known for his hits "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Three Wooden Crosses," became ill after a virus infected his heart muscle, causing it to become weakened and enlarged so that it could not pump properly.
Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.