Randy Travis was recently spotted playing beer pong with musician Post Malone in a YouTube clip. Travis’ followers were concerned after seeing him in a wheelchair in the video. Travis was spotted backstage with Post Malone at the latter’s last 12 Carat Tour appearance in Nashville. They were joined onstage by guitarist Billy Strings and country singer Luke Bryan. Strings shared a few photos from the encounter, as well as a video of Post and Travis playing beer pong, on social media.
Travis in the video launched a ping pong ball while sitting in his wheelchair. Strings claimed in the comment section of the post that Travis watched Post Malone’s entire performance and that Malone also played one of Travis’ songs as he walked off stage. Travis shared a TikTok video of the beer pong game, calling Post Malone the “nicest guy in the world.”
Post Malone & Randy Travis playing beer pong and listening to Tyler Childers is the most healthy, beautiful moment of 2022.
: @BillyStrings pic.twitter.com/7v481TOr7k
— Whiskey Riff (@WhiskeyRiff) October 17, 2022
Why was Randy Travis in a wheelchair in Post Malone’s video?
Fans of Randy Travis were concerned when they saw him in a wheelchair in a beer pong video shared by Billy Strings. Although the actual cause has not yet been disclosed, it can be assumed that the wheelchair is the result of a stroke suffered by Travis in 2013. Travis was sent to the hospital in July 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy due to a viral upper respiratory tract infection. He then had a stroke and had to have surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain. However, Travis woke up a few days later after surgery, with a beating heart without the aid of any equipment.
After his release, he went to a physical treatment center, but despite therapy, he suffered from aphasia. As a result, he had to use a stick for a while. By November 2014, he was able to walk a little. Although he has remained mostly wheelchair-bound since the stroke, over the years he has gained the ability to walk short distances.
Randy’s wife Mary spoke to Rolling Stone in 2021 about her husband’s stroke and how she was unwilling to accept that her husband would be bedridden for the rest of his life. Randy’s recovery, she said, involved many ups and downs.
Who is Randy Travis?
Randy Travis was rejected by numerous record companies early in his career and his demo recordings were heavily criticized. He then starred in The Nashville Palace as Randy Ray. In 1982, he released an independent album called Live at the Nashville Palace, which signed him to Warner Bros. Records.
Travis recorded about 20 albums and 50 singles during his career. In the mid-eighties he gained fame with his album Storms of Life. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records to join DreamWorks Records, followed by Word Records. The 63-year-old actor has starred in a number of movies and television episodes, including The Rainmaker, Black Dog, Texas Rangers, National Treasure 2, and others. He has received several awards including CMA Awards, ACM Awards, AMA Awards and GMA Dove Awards.