3 Doors Down founding member and guitarist Matt Roberts has left the rock band because of health problems. The band took to its official site to announce the news.

“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off,” said Roberts in his official statement. “But my health has to be my first priority.”

According to the statement, Roberts has problems with blood circulation and other health issues. The release called the split amicable.

Roberts grew up with bassist Todd Harrell and lead singer Brad Arnold in Mississippi. Together, they formed the band in 1996. 3 Doors Down rose to international fame with their debut single, "Kryptonite", which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000.

“Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms,” said Arnold.

Guitarist Chris Henderson and drummer Greg Upchuch will continue to tour.

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    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Here Without You. (C) 2002 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - It's Not My Time

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing It's Not My Time. (C) 2008 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Landing In London (All I Think About Is You)

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Landing In London (All I Think About Is You). (C) 2006 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Kryptonite. (C) 2000 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Be Like That (No Movie Footage)

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Be Like That. (C) 2001 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Away From The Sun

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Away From The Sun. (C) 2004 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Let Me Go

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Let Me Go. (C) 2004 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Citizen Soldier ft. The National Guard

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Citizen Soldier. (C) 2007 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing When I'm Gone. (C) 2002 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Loser

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Loser. (C) 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Duck And Run

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Duck And Run. (C) 2000 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • 3 Doors Down - Let Me Be Myself

    Music video by 3 Doors Down performing Let Me Be Myself. (C) 2008 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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