A life-threatening cardiac event and stroke almost took the life of country icon Randy Travis last year. In a rare public appearance, Travis and fiancée Mary Beougher attended a Dolly Parton concert recently. Travis needed a cane to walk from his bus into the venue and to his seat, but a full recovery is expected.
Mary Beougher decided to surprise Randy Travis and took him to see Dolly Parton's concert in Thackerville, Okla., according to a report on June 4. The couple was accompanied by their close friend, country music singer Janie Fricke. According to Dolly Parton’s publicist, Randy Travis is doing great and is expected to make a full recovery. Sources say that Travis has been undergoing hyperbaric treatments three times a week and has made significant progress over the past several months.
Dolly Parton acknowledged Travis’s presence at her concert, joking that Randy Travis was hiding somewhere dressed like Kenny Rogers. Dolly said that Randy has been a long-time friend and one of her favorite singer/songwriters of all time. Parton also said that Travis looks good and is doing great.
Although he has made significant strides in the healing process, there is not anyway to predict if Randy Travis will ever be able to perform again. Seeing him in the photo taken over the weekend with Dolly Parton and Janie Fricke, fans gained new hope that Travis will indeed perform again, given time. The singer, who is smiling in the photo, looks healthier than he did in photos posted on Twitter in January. He even appears to have gained back a bit of the significant amount of weight he has lost since July 2013.
In March Randy Travis’s New Mexico ranch was put on the market for $14.7 million. The 20,000 square foot gated estate has stitched leather ceilings, horse stables, 10 fireplaces, hand-carved doors and more amenities. There is even a place that Travis had specifically built to park a tour bus. Randy Travis and then-wife Elizabeth purchased the home from former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King in 2002. The couple lived there together until their divorce in 2010.