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Randy Travis

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The arrest of Randy Travis:

He rose to fame as a country music singer and actor. But the wheels fell off his successful ride and he ended up unable to speak, much less sing.

Randy Bruce Traywick was born in Marshville, North Carolina, the son of textile worker Bobbie and horse breeder Harold. His dad was a big fan of country stars Hank Williams and George Jones and encouraged Randy and his brother Ricky to try music.

So Randy started playing the guitar and singing in church.

Randy Travis in his church days

But he also clashed with his father, dropped out of high school and became a juvenile delinquent. He was arrested for crimes like burglary and car theft. He later expressed remorse for his youthful indiscretions.

By 1975, while his brother Ricky was in jail after a high speed car chase, Randy won a talent contest at a Charlotte nightclub and the owner – Elizabeth "Lib" Hatcher took an interest in him. She hired him as a cook and also had him sing. They moved in together, straining her already shaky marriage. When Lib divorced her husband in 1982, she and Randy took off for Nashville and they eventually married.

Randy Travis and Liz hatcher

During the early '80's, Randy was rejected by every major record label in Nashville but eventually signed with Warner brothers Records, with help from Hatcher. And a song from his second album for Warner was a huge hit.

In all, Randy won six Grammy Awards.

Randy Travis accepting a Grammy Award

In 1992, Randy branched out from music and tried his hand at acting and had roles in some Western style films.

Randy Travis in a western film

But things soured and Randy and Lib divorced in October, 2010 after a 19 year marriage. Their business ties ended too.

And Randy's adult legal problems started in August, 2012 when state troopers in Grayson County, Texas responded to reports of a naked man in the road. It was Randy and he smelled of alcohol. He'd crashed his car in a construction zone and the police said he threatened their lives.

He posted bail of $21,500 and pleaded guilty in January 2013, receiving two years' probation, a 180-day suspended jail sentence and a $2000 fine.

Sadly, less than half a year later, Randy was hospitalized in Dallas for viral cardiomyopathy, was in critical condition and also suffered a stroke. Close to death, he underwent surgery. But even though his life was saved, and despite physical therapy, he's been unable to sing or speak and needs a cane to walk.

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