Original 3 Doors Down Guitarist, Matt Roberts, Has Died
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:59:04
Matt Roberts, the original lead guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down, died early Saturday morning in a hotel outside Milwaukee. He was 38 years old.
"The father said he often traveled with his son, and last saw him outside his hotel room."
""I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives beating on my door. It's always scary as a parent, they were in suits and that's when they told me. They asked me if Matt Roberts was your son, I said yes, and they said 'we have bad news to tell you, Matt deceased last night,'" he added.
Rolling Stone reports, "An autopsy will be conducted to determine Roberts' cause of death, but TMZ reports that a drug overdose is suspected. "I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety," Darrell Roberts said. "I thought he had beaten it all.""
Roberts was the lead guitars for 3 Doors Down from its inception in 1996 until 2012. During that time, he co-wrote the hit song "Kryptonite". He left the band in 2012 over "health and circulation issues."
Many fans and friends have reached out on social media to pay tribute to the guitarist.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff