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Co-founder of 3 Doors Down dies in Wisconsin hotel

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A founding member of rock band 3 Doors Down has been found dead in a Wisconsin hotel.

The body of Matt Roberts, 38, was found at the Hampton Inn on 18th St. in West Bend at 7:03 a.m. Saturday, West Bend Police said on its Facebook page.

Police were called to the hotel after a citizen reported a man either asleep or passed out in the hallway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene with no signs of trauma on his body. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Roberts was the guitarist for Mississippi band 3 Doors Down, which he founded alongside lead singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in 1996, according to Billboard.

He left the band in 2012, citing problems affecting his blood circulation and other health issues as the reason, the website notes.

They were best known for the song "Kryptonite" off the 2000 album "The Better Life," and also featured on the American Pie 2 soundtrack with their song "Be Like That," AXS notes.

TMZ reports Roberts was with his father on Friday night ahead of a charity event he was scheduled to perform in Milwaukee on Saturday.

His dad was woken up by police telling them his son had passed away overnight

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