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Aug 222016
 

Our condolences and thoughts to the family & friends of Matt.

Matt Roberts, the guitarist who co-founded 3 Doors Down before departing the group in 2012, has died. He was 38.
Matt Roberts, 3 Doors Down w/ Stacy & Lee Ann

Matt Roberts, 3 Doors Down w/ Stacy & Lee Ann (2006)

According to a Facebook post from the police department in West Bend, Wisconsin, Roberts’ body was discovered in the hallway of a Hampton Inn on Saturday morning. Emergency responders were unable to revive him. The cause of death is unknown, though an autopsy is scheduled for today, Sunday. There were no signs of trauma on the body. Roberts’ father told TMZ that prescription drugs were involved in his son’s passing.

Roberts had been in West Bend to perform at a benefit concert, according to police.

Rolling Stone reports that Roberts left 3 Doors Down in May of 2012 amicably, telling fans that the band’s heavy touring schedule had exacerbated his health problems. Roberts had formed the group with singer Brad Arnold and bass player Todd Harrell in 1996 and contributed to hits like “Kryptonite,” “Here Without You” and “When I’m Gone.”

The band’s final album with its original lineup was 2011’s Time of My Life; following Roberts’ departure, the band went on to fire Harrell after he was charged with vehicular manslaughter in 2013. In March of this year, they released Us and the Night, their first album with their new lineup.

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