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Randy Travis's PR Firm Denies Heart Surgery Reports

Image courtesy of Webster PR (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Webster PR (via ABC News Radio)

Randy Travis 's PR firm is denying reports that the 54-year-old singer underwent heart surgery.

People magazine quoted Travis's sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick , as saying the singer had heart surgery Monday. However, Randy Travis's publicist issued a statement later in the day, declaring that Travis didn't undergo heart surgery, but instead underwent a procedure to implant a device that helps support blood flow in people with weakened hearts.

Travis has been hospitalized since Sunday and remains in critical condition while receiving treatment for viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle.  He says through his publicist, "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

Fans can send well wishes to the following address:

Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, TX 76721

Travis is getting a lot of well wishes on Twitter. Keith Urban writes , "Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis."

Scotty McCreery says , "My thoughts and prayers are with @randytravis today. Praying for a great recovery for a true Country music and North Carolina legend!

Lance Armstrong added , "Thoughts go out to @ randytravis. Heal up soon my man! One of country music's greatest voices ever."

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