Matt Roberts, the former lead guitarist of the rock band 3 Doors Down, was found dead in a hotel room in West Bend, Wisconsin, on August 20, 2016. He was 38 years old. Roberts had been in town to perform at a charity event for veterans with a local band. He was supposed to play some of the hit songs that he co-wrote for 3 Doors Down, such as “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You”.
However, he never made it to the stage. His father, Darrell Roberts, who was with him at the hotel, received a devastating news from the police that morning. They told him that his son had passed away during the night. the official cause of death was determined to be an overdose related to prescription drugs.
A Struggle with Addiction and Anxiety
Roberts had been suffering from health and circulation issues for years, which affected his ability to perform with 3 Doors Down. He left the band in 2012, after 16 years of playing with them. He said that touring nearly 300 dates each year had exacerbated his condition. He also revealed that he had a prescription drug addiction and a severe anxiety disorder.
Roberts had been prescribed methadone, hydrocodone, lorazepam and fentanyl by Dr. Richard Snellgrove, a physician based in Alabama. Snellgrove allegedly wrote these prescriptions outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. He was arrested and indicted in 2016 for his role in Roberts’ death.
A Legacy of Music and Charity
Despite his personal struggles, Roberts was remembered by his fans and fellow musicians as a talented and generous person. He had a passion for music and charity, and he often donated his time and money to various causes. He was especially supportive of the veterans and the military, as his father was a Vietnam veteran.
Roberts was an original member of 3 Doors Down, which he formed with singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in 1996 in Mississippi. The band rose to fame in 2000 with their debut album The Better Life, which sold over six million copies in the US. They followed it with four more successful albums, two of which topped the Billboard 200 chart. Roberts co-wrote many of the band’s songs, which blended hard rock, alternative and post-grunge elements.
Roberts’ death was a shock and a loss for the music industry and the fans. He left behind a legacy of music and charity that will not be forgotten. He was a rock star who lived and died by his own rules.