Matt Roberts, former guitarist for the band 3 Doors Down, has passes away at 38, as reported by his father.
The 38-year-old musician was in West Bend , WI, traveling with his father , Darrell Roberts, where he was scheduled to perform at “Rockin’ for Heroes“, a veterans charity event.
Saturday morning Roberts was rehearsing at a local restaurant for the event.
In a statement from Darrell Roberts he explained that he often traveled with his son, and the last time he had seen his son was outside his hotel room.
“We go up to our room, we got adjoining rooms. He was always looking after me as his dad. My key didn’t work and he went and came back in just a few minutes and got me a new key. He opened the door for me and he said ‘just make sure you open the adjoining room in case you need anything.’ He was always looking out for me,” Roberts stated.
There is no official cause of death, but Darrell Roberts said that his son had an addiction to prescription medications to help him with anxiety since his departure from 3 Doors Down in 2012. The department has not determined the cause of death and an autopsy is scheduled.
“I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety. 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,” Roberts said.
“I thought he had beaten it all… I’ll put his guitar on stage and light it up and I’m going to say thanks to everybody and leave and go home in the morning,”
Darrell Roberts planned to attend the event his son was scheduled to perform and inform the crowd about his death. Darrell Roberts said that he would attend the event where his some was scheduled to perform, saying , “That’s what he would have liked, he put all this energy and effort to come out here to perform.”
Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.