Long-time lead guitarist and founding member of 3 Doors Down, Matt Roberts, was found dead in a hotel outside of Milwaukee on Saturday morning. He was 38.
He had been practicing for a fundraising concert for veterans in Wisconsin when he and his father, who was accompanying him on this trip, went back to the hotel. Hours later his body was found by police and firefighters after somebody had called in that a man was ?either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel.?
His father, Darell Roberts, who is staying in the adjoining hotel room, confirmed the tragic news shortly after Robert?s body was found. The cause of death is still unconfirmed, but according to TMZ reports, drug overdose is suspected. An autopsy is yet to be conducted to determine the real cause of death.
?I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives beating on my door,” he said, according to the news outlet. “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,?? Roberts told CNN.
3 Doors Down founding guitarist
According to Darell, Matt had a ?prescription drug addiction.? He has been battling with anxiety for a long time. Unfortunately, he hasn?t received any treatment for his addiction issues.
Roberts formed 3 Doors Down in 1996, together with singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell. The band?s song Kryptonite, which was co-written by Roberts, soared to Number Three on Billboard Hot 100. It also landed a Grammy nomination. Other songs he co-wrote that hit the charts were Be Like That, Here Without You, and When I?m Gone, all from the album The Better Life.
After 16 years of playing with 3 Doors Down, Roberts had to leave the band, telling his fans through a statement that ?performing nearly 300 dates each year? with the band had led to health and circulation issues.