An arrest has been made in relation to the death of late 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts.
The musician, who was a member of the US post-grunge band from 1996 to 2012, passed away in August at the age of 38. He was found dead in his hotel room in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he was due to perform at a charity event for war veterans.
TMZ reports that Roberts died from a prescription drug overdose and an Alabama physician, Dr Richard Snellgrove, has been arrested for illegal drug distribution. Snellgrove allegedly prescribed five controlled substances to Roberts under different aliases.
Roberts’ father, Darrell, 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, paid tribute to Roberts on Instagram following news of his death, writing: “Some of my fondest touring memories are with Matt Roberts and the @3doorsdown guys. 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.”