3 Doors Down Lead Guitarist Fatal Overdose From Prescription Drugs

Matt Roberts Dead From Prescription Drug Overdose

Matt Roberts, the former lead guitarist of 3 Doors Down, died from an overdose on prescription drugs on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. An anonymous citizen had called the police claiming that there was a man in the hallway of a motel, asleep or passed out. Emergency services failed to revive Roberts at the scene. While the cause of death was initially unknown, it was later determined, in the autopsy report, that his death was accidental and caused by prescription pill overdose.

The Death of A Legend

In his absence, Roberts father, Darrell Roberts, spoke to the crowd and told them it was his first public appearance since 2012. In his father’s words, “He just never did do crowds and always was nervous around public settings, but I’ll tell you he loved our military.”

The guitarist was in West Bend, WI at the Rockin’ For Heroes benefit event honoring all veterans. Darrell Roberts and Matt had adjoined rooms at the Hampton Inn when he was awoken by detectives to the devastating news.

Death From Overdose Can Happen to Anyone

This unfortunate accident proves that a drug overdose can happen to anyone at any time regardless of age, race, sex, and occupation. Prolonged substance abuse can affect anyone and has a tendency to make individuals feel invincible. People can develop a God-like complex and believe that an overdose couldn’t happen to them, but as this story proves – drugs do not discriminate and can strike at any time.

Even though pills are prescribed by a doctor, they can still cause fatality. Suffering drug abusers tend to make up any excuse they can to justify their using. It is often that once an individual has built a tolerance to certain drugs they begin to use drugs just to feel normal.


There is Hope

Death caused by a drug overdose, like Matt Roberts is like a grenade exploding – damaging friends and family members forever. Those who are close to the deceased may never get over the feeling of loss and will have to learn to live with the trauma and memories. They learn to separate themselves from the pain and place it on a shelf to come back to when they are able to handle those extensive emotions. It takes each moment of everyday to gain strength and heal.

If you or a loved one is suffering with prescription drug addiction, or any addiction, remember there is hope and recovery is possible. Do not wait until it’s is too late. Get help, today.

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