Matt Roberts, Original 3 Doors Down Guitarist, Dead at 38

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Matt Roberts, the original guitarist of 3 Doors Down, died on Saturday morning. He was 38 years old. Roberts, along with his friends Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell, founded 3 Doors Down in 1996 in their hometown, Escatapa, Mississippi. The band would go on to find success touring and on the Billboard Charts throughout the early aughts with hits like “Kryptonite,” “Here Without You,” and “When I’m Gone.” Roberts left the band in 2012 due to health issues. At the time, he blamed “circulation issues” and a rigorous live performance schedule for his need to take a step back. He was preparing for a special fundraising concert for veterans in Wisconsin late last week and died in his hotel room after a rehearsal. Though an autopsy is still forthcoming, according to CNN, his father, Darrell Roberts, who was traveling with him, explained that Matt had before suffered issues with prescription drugs. “I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety,” Darrell said. “This was his way of dealing with it.”