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Nov 20, 2013 12:23 PM EST | James Knight
Randy Travis almost died this past summer. Travis was hospitalized for a heart condition and had to endure both a heart and brain surgery. Things were starting to look up when the legendary singer was sent home from the hospital earlier in the fall. However, new reports are surfacing that Travis has once again taken a turn for the worse. It has been reported that Travis is paralyzed and had to undergo a second brain surgery. Travis’ website, RandyTravis.com, has since removed all reports of the “Forever and Ever Amen” singer’s health issues from the site.
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Billy Ray Cyrus first updated the world on Travis’ health post-release, telling Entertainment Tonight:
"If you love Randy Travis, keep praying for Randy Travis."
The National Enquirer followed the news by citing two insiders. The first unnamed source told the tabloid:
“Randy is still paralyzed on his right side. He can’t walk, and he can barely speak. There’s nothing more doctors can do. Randy’s chances of a full recovery don’t look good.”
The second source added to the update:
“Randy is still confined to bed or a wheelchair. He has to wear a helmet to protect his skull until it heals. A nurse visits every day, and he has two long-term caretakers.”
Perhaps the most telling update is his website's lack of any updates. RandyTravis.com has removed all mentions of the singer's health issues.
Travis was also forced to cancel a number of scheduled appearances, including one at the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea Cruise. The event alerted fans to the cancellation via their official website:
"Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea and Sixthman join the rest of the country music world in offering healing thoughts and prayers for Randy Travis and his continued recovery. While we're grateful for his improving condition, we're sad to announce he'll be unable to join us for the upcoming cruise. Thank you for your patience as we've balanced the desire to respect him and his family in this difficult time with the need to address the potential impact on the cruise."
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