Matt Roberts passed away yesterday at the age of 38. As you can likely guess the cause was reported as an overdose.
According to his father, Roberts had suffered from anxiety most of his life which lead him to seek medication.
I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety. 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,” Roberts said.
3 Doors Down came along about the time I was building my small business and was disconnected from the music scene a bit. I really liked the fact that they were a Southern band whose singer didn’t try to hide his accent and had an authentic sound.
I have suffered from some of the same anxieties as Roberts did so I know how powerful they can be. It played a large role in which career I picked. In this and other ways, panic attacks and anxiety can determine the entire structure of a person’s life, and if you are prone to them they can make your life a living hell. You will think this is an odd thing to say, but Matt Roberts had to be a very brave man to face his demons down to the point where he could travel and perform as much as he did. He ultimately lost his battle, but left us with a legacy we can all enjoy. I hope he has found the peace that eluded him in life.
This is one thing I hate about how it is no longer possible to make a living selling music because it is all pirated, or free in one form or another. The rates artists get from streaming are so low as to be nonexistent, so you are left with only the lowest common denominator acts, or those which can tour non-stop being the successful ones. It has always been that way to some extent, but it is worse now. There are a lot of great musicians, artists and songwriters out there who just aren’t cut out to be live performers. I have known some of them, and the world has really missed out on hearing what they have to offer. If you find music you like then buy the CD or pay to download the album — especially if it is by a small act or one which doesn’t tour. Think of yourself as a patron of the arts on a very small scale. You get more of what you pay for so you sculpt the musical landscape and the culture with your purchase.
Like I say, I don’t know much about Roberts, but he died while on a trip to give a benefit concert for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight which provides transport for veterans to visit the monuments that have been erected in their honor. You can make a donation here.
“He just never did do crowds and always was nervous around public settings, but I’ll tell you he loved our military,” the father says.