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FILE - In this May 17, 2005 file photo, 3 Doors Down members, Matt Roberts, left, and Brad Arnold arrive at the BMI Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. says on its website that founding member and guitarist Matt Roberts has left the rock band because of health problems. The statement Wednesday, May 23, 2012, says Roberts has problems with blood circulation and other health issues. It calls the split amicable. Roberts grew up with bassist Todd Harrell and lead singer Brad Arnold in Mississippi. Together they formed the band in Escatawpa, Miss., in 1996. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

3 Doors Down guitarist, Matt Roberts, dies at 38


Matt Roberts, the founding guitarist of the rock band 3 Doors Down has died in Wisconsin, according to NBC News. He was 38. 

Roberts was scheduled to perform at the "Rockin' for Heroes" benefit in West Bend when someone called police to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway around 7 a.m. Saturday. 

Police and firefighters found Roberts dead. 

TMZ reported that Roberts' father Darrell had traveled with him to Wisconsin and was staying in an adjoining room. 

Darrell told CNN he found out about his son's death from detectives. 

"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,'" Roberts told CNN. 

The musician's father said his son had struggled with addiction in the past but believed he was doing much better. 

Darrell Roberts told CNN he planned to attend the event where his scheduled to perform in order to tell the crowd about the musician's death. 

"That's what he would have liked, he put all this energy and effort to come out here to perform. 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," he told CNN. 

Brad Arnold, expressed the band's sadness over the loss of a "truly talented artist and great friend" on Facebook. 

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