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Matt Roberts (1978 - 2016)

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Matt Roberts (1978 - 2016)

Matt Roberts, a former guitarist for the band 3 Doors Down, died Aug. 20, 2016, according to CNN and multiple news sources. He was 38.

Roberts was set to play a charity show for veterans in West Bend, Wisconsin. He was traveling with his father.

He had been rehearsing early Saturday morning for the "Rockin’ for Heroes" benefit event at a local restaurant, said his father, Darrell Roberts, according to CNN.

Roberts said that the police woke him up Saturday to tell him that Matt had passed away. "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,'" Roberts said, according to CNN.


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West Bend police said they had received a call that someone was passed out or asleep in the hallway of the hotel.

Roberts said his son had struggled with anxiety and that he had an addiction to prescription drugs. Roberts said he believed his son had been doing better lately.

Roberts said that he still intended to go to the charity show and that he would let the crowd know that Matt has died.

"That's what he would have liked; he put all this energy and effort to come out here to perform. I'll put his guitar onstage and light it up, and I'm going to say thanks to everybody and leave and go home in the morning," he said, according to CNN.

Roberts was one of the founding members of 3 Doors Down. He quit the band in 2012 because of health issues. The band’s debut album, "The Better Life," was released in 2000. The album was a hit, selling over 3 million copies.

Zach Myers, the lead singer and guitarist for the band the Fairwell, tweeted: “My heart goes out to Matt Roberts and family .... 3 Doors Down will always be my family and people I care about. What a tragic loss ....RIP.”

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