The musician, who was a member of the US post-grunge band from 1996 to 2012, was found dead in his hotel room in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he was due to perform at a charity event for war veterans. The cause of death has yet to be determined, CNN reports, and an autopsy has been scheduled.
Roberts was travelling with his father, Darrell, who was in an adjoining hotel room at the time of his son’s death. Darrell Roberts told CNN that his son had struggled with anxiety and prescription drug problems in recent years.
“I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety,” he said. “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,” he added in reference to his son’s prescription drug addiction.
Jasin ‘O’Neil Todd, a member of US band Shinedown, is among those to have paid tribute to Roberts. “Some of my fondest touring memories are with Matt Roberts and the @3doorsdown guys,” he wrote on Instagram. “They believed in us when no one else did. RIP Matty. Love you my man. Have a good journey and we’ll float those battleships again one day brother. Condolences to the entire 3 Doors Down family.”
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