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A friend’s death inspired Randy Travis to get up and sing once again Associated Press

Randy Travis just did something that has become quite rare for the country legend since suffering from a stroke in 2013.

Randy Travis sang onstage.

Randy was honoring his longtime friend, Pierre De Wet, who was the founder and owner of Kiepersol Estates. He passed away in late February at the age of 61.

At his Feb. 3 funeral service and celebration of life, Randy Travis took the stage to pay homage to his friend, according to the Bullard Banner News. Travis joined the Keipersol Estates family of employees and their families to perform “Amazing Grace” in tribute to De Wet.

This incredible feat is something many never thought would happen as Randy Travis has suffered immensely since a stroke in 2013 left the singer unable to sing, speak or walk. In the past few years, Travis has made tremendous strides and is now able to walk short distances and communicate. His taking the stage, however, is nothing short of a miracle for the country icon.

We offer our condolences to De Wet’s family and friends, and remember this “Amazing Grace” performance from Randy Travis in his honor.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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