Matt Roberts, former 3 Doors Down guitarist, dead at 38

WEST BEND, Wis. – Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts died Saturday, just hours before he was supposed to perform at a benefit concert in Wisconsin, CNN reports. He was 38.

According to CNN, Roberts’ father, Darrell, had traveled with his son to West Bend, where Roberts was scheduled to play at Rockin’ for Heroes, a fundraiser for veterans, this weekend.

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Darrell Roberts said he learned of his son’s death Saturday morning from police, who said Roberts was found “either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel.”

“I was wakened at 8:50 (Saturday) morning by some detectives beating on my door,” Darrell Roberts told CNN. “It’s always scary as a parent; they were in suits and that’s when they told me.”

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Roberts’ cause of death was not yet known, but his father told CNNthat the guitarist, who left 3 Doors Down in 2012 because of “health issues,” was addicted to prescription drugs.

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“He suffered greatly from anxiety,” Darrell Roberts said. “It’s crazy; as a performer, he never liked crowds or liked places he didn’t know about as a baby, as a child, and this was his way of dealing with it, and me and him talked about it often.”

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He added, “I thought he had beaten it all.”