Roberts co-wrote one of 3 Doors Down’s biggest hit song ‘Kryptonite’, but the band in 2012 for health issues. He was 38 years old.
Also yesterday, metalcore Architects’ founding guitarist Tom Searle lost his life at the age of 28 to melanoma skin cancer. Tom’s twin brother Dan Searle wrote, “We want to carry on, that is important to say, and we will strive to do so, but we will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of. Whether or not we can achieve that is something that we will have to discover in time.”
Note: Not to be confused with punk band The Architects, who we saw opened up for Agent Orange last Oct 2014.
Lou Pearlman, the man who created ‘Nsync and Backstreet Boys has died at the age of 62 in prison on Friday night (August 19th) as he was serving a 25-year-sentence from a convicted Ponzi scheme, according to tmz.com. The cause of death is not known.
Closer to home, hornist Kendall Betts from Minnesota Orchestra recently passed away at the age of 68 to cancer. Betts established the Betts Horn Camp (KBHC) in New Hampshire in 1994, a learning center for players and horn enthusiasts. According to canadianbrass.com, Betts joined Canadian Brass in 2004.
Former Nine Inch Nail keyboard player James Woolley also died at the age of 49. Woolley was with NIN when they recorded one of their biggest hit album The Downward Spiral. The cause of death has not been release, but NIN’s Trent Reznor talked to Rolling Stone about his death: “Terrible news regarding James. I hadn’t crossed paths with him for some time, but always thought of him fondly. He was a fun character to be around, a solid musician and a genuinely good guy. Those of us from that era of the band have been sharing ‘James’ stories ... lots of laughs and love and sadness. Wishing his family the very best.”
Below are more deaths for the month of August - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2016.