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3 Doors Down Guitarist Dead: Possible Drug Overdose

3 Doors Down Guitarist Dead: Possible Drug Overdose

Author: Justin Mckibben

It is always tragic to hear about the loss of life to a struggle with addiction, and when a celebrity who has touched the world with talent dies from overdose we all are reminded of the true nature of addiction. Regardless of circumstance, addiction can reach anyone. Matt Roberts was a founding member and former lead guitarist for the popular 2000’s rock band 3 Doors Down. As a kid I remember the bands hit “Kryptonite” being all over music television and radio stations for a while. That was a song you knew even if you weren’t a fan. It’s one of those catchy karaoke classics that you can’t help but know the chorus.

Sadly, Matt Roberts at only 38 years old was found dead Saturday in a Hampton Inn in West Bend, Wisconsin. This is again one of those times we are all too familiar with; when the music stops and we see someone who has stood out over years pass.

The official cause of death at this moment has not been announced, but some are saying there is reason to suspect this was a drug overdose.

Coming Up with 3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down is an American rock band that was formed back in 1996. The celebrated guitarist Matt Roberts co-founded 3 Doors Down in Escatawpa, Mississippi with bandmates Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell. Their first studio album, The Better Life, has made them a household name after going six times platinum. That first massive success was followed by another multiplatinum album in 2002, Away from the Sun. Following this album the band played nearly 1,000 shows across the world.

Matt Roberts declared his departure from 3 Doors Down back in 2012, officially citing health issues as his reason for leaving the group. He told fans back then,

“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off. But my health has to be my first priority.”

The band’s website initially reported that Roberts’ departure from 3 Doors Down made no mention of any struggles with anxiety or addiction. According to their statement his absence was due to “circulation problems” exacerbated by touring, which was indeed intensive and extended.

Still, throughout Matt Roberts’ career with the band they boasted:

  • 11th-best-selling album of the yearin 2000 with The Better Life
  • 8 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2002 with Away from the Sun
  • 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart and certified platinum within its first month of release of Seventeen Days in 2005
  • Self-titled album,3 Doors Down also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2008
  • Fifth studio album,Time of My Life debuted at No. 3 at the charts in 2011

Father Talks about Addiction

According to reports from news station CNN, Roberts had been rehearsing for a fundraising concert for veterans in Wisconsin. He and his father returned to their hotel, and hours later police were dispatched to the hotel for a man “either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel.” Roberts was later declared dead.

As Matt Roberts’ father Darrell Roberts describes it,

“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,'”

As of this time officials have not commented on the possible cause of death, but his father has apparently opened up to say his son has struggled in the past and that he thought a drug overdose was a possibility. This wouldn’t seem out of the question considering Matt Roberts was only 38 years old.

The guitarist’s father tells reporters that his son had been very open with him about ongoing issues the artist has faced anxiety and addiction. So with this sudden death, Roberts’ grieving father is sharing his experience with his son’s struggle.

“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. I thought he had beaten it all.”

What We Should See

We can’t always see what the celebrities we know are going through, but we should see that they are people and that a disease like addiction can reach anyone. It is truly sad to see such wonderful individuals die and now the pain they went through on their way.

Of course there will be an official autopsy and surely the true cause of death will come to light. Either way, the message here is that even a man as talented and experienced in performing and being creative can be crippled by anxiety and addiction. It is far too common that people today self-medicate in order to avoid their issues. Addiction is often referred to as a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Living in this kind of agony in order to avoid pain of another nature can cost you your life.

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