Matt Roberts has announced that he is leaving the band 3 Doors Down.
Roberts, a guitarist and one of the three founding members of the group, revealed that he will be taking time off from the band in order to concentrate on his health, which has deteriorated over the past few years.
“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off,” Roberts said in a statement posted on the band’s website. “But my health has to be my first priority.”
Lead singer Brad Arnold insisted that Roberts will be welcome back any time.
“Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms,” Arnold said.
3 Doors Down often participate in over 300 concerts a year, a factor that contributed to Roberts’s decline in health.