Chicago: Matt Roberts, the original lead guitarist for American rock band 3 Doors Down, was found dead at a hotel in Milwaukee, his father said. He was 38.
Roberts was found dead in a hotel outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday morning, reports variety.com.
While a cause of death is currently unknown, his father, Darrell Roberts, said his son has had problems with anxiety and prescription drugs. He said that he believes an accidental overdose is to blame.
“I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety. This was his way of dealing with it,” Darrell said.
Police responded to a call about a man who was either passed out or asleep in the hallway at the Hampton Inn in West Bend, Wisconsin, at about 7 am on Saturday morning. Emergency responders were unable to revive the man, who was identified as Matt Roberts.
He was in Wisconsin preparing to perform at a Saturday night concert at the Our Place bar, benefiting veterans organisation Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
He co-founded 3 Doors Down with friends Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell in 1996. The band found success through touring and in 2000 released its first studio album, The Better Life.
Roberts had left the band in 2012, citing health problems.