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.