It has been nearly three years since Randy Travis suffered a debilitating stroke. The singer had been hospitalized after contracting a viral upper respiratory infection that led to a case of viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by the virus that infected his heart muscle, causing it to become weakened and enlarged so that it could not pump properly.
Travis' stroke came just two months after he sang at his friend George Jones' funeral, an appearance that fans are still talking about to this day. The 'Three Wooden Crosses' singer delivered a stunning acoustic rendition of 'Amazing Grace' in front of a packed Grand Ole Opry house filled with fans, fellow country artists, and other celebrities as they gathered to pay their respects to The Possum.
The performance would become one of Travis' last as his stroke would leave him unable to sing. Travis' road to recovery has been long, but he is slowly regaining his health. Nearly two years after the health scare that nearly took his life, Travis made an appearance at the ACM Awards, and a few months later stood on the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time since the stroke.
Randy Travis' public appearances have been few and far between, so it is always exciting when we see him back on stage. Last Wednesday (February 3), Travis attended the funeral of Pierre de Wet, owner of a "vast East Texas empire that includes a thriving cattle-ranching business, a high-end residential community a successful bed-and-breakfast and upscale restaurant; and KE Bushman’s Celebration Center," according to D Magazine, a Dallas-based publication. De Wet, 61, also owned a high-end winery and retail shop called Keipersol Estates.
Bullard News online noted that Randy Travis not only attended the funeral, but appeared on stage to sing 'Amazing Grace' along with the Keipersol Estates family.
Randy Travis fans are sure to rejoice at the news that the singer was back at the microphone, if only for a few minutes. Travis was only given a two-percent chance of survival when he suffered his stroke in 2013. The singer bravely fought back and we couldn't be happier!
Watch a live performance from 2010 of Randy Travis singing 'Amazing Grace' in the video below.
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