Country singer Randy Travis in critical condition

By Special to the American Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday in a Texas hospital, a day after

he was hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy.

A news release from the singer's publicist

says Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and is in

critical condition.

Kirt Webster, Travis' publicist, said no other details about

Travis' condition were available Monday.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a heart condition caused by a virus.

The illness is a continuation of a tough run

for the 54-year-old "Three Wooden Crosses" singer after a handful of

recent high-profile

appearances, including a performance during the Country Music

Association Festival's nightly concert series.

Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year when he was found naked after

crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.

Travis was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence. He was required to

spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and complete 100 hours of community service.

The Mayo Clinic website describes

cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee) as a disease that weakens and

enlarges the heart

muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it

to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments

range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart

transplants.