Guitarist Matt Roberts has left 3 Doors Down due to health reasons, according to Noisecreep. Roberts, a founding member of the group, did not disclose any further details in a statement on the band's official website on Wednesday (May 23rd), writing, "3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off. But my health has to be my first priority."
Lead singer Brad Arnold wrote, "Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms." The rest of the group -- Arnold, bassist Todd Harrell, guitarist Chris Henderson, and drummer Greg Upchurch -- will continue as a four-piece for now. The band is currently on the road with ZZ Top and Gretchen Wilson.
- According to Loudwire, Roberts has dealt with circulation problems in recent years that were only exacerbated by the band's busy tour schedule.
- Roberts co-founded 3 Doors Down along with Arnold and Harrell in 1996 in Escatawpa, Mississippi.
- The band has sold over 20 million copies of their five studio albums, although last year's Time Of My Life has not fared as well as the group's previous four CDs.