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Associated Press, Published July 10 2013

Publicist: Country star Randy Travis suffers stroke in Texas hospital, undergoes surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke while at a Texas hospital and was in surgery late Wednesday, the singer's publicist said.

Publicist Kirt Webster said Wednesday night that the 54-year-old Travis suffered the stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure because of a viral illness. It was not clear what kind of stroke Travis suffered.

Webster said Travis was undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He remained in critical condition.

“His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support,” Webster said in a news release.

Earlier Wednesday, doctors said that Travis was showing signs of improvement but remained in critical condition with congestive heart failure because of a viral illness.