In 1991, Matt suffered a stroke at the age of five. He was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome. Despite his heart disease, he tried to live a normal life.
On June 1, 2003, Matt was attending a graduation party for one of his friends. He seemed perfectly normal, eating hot dogs and just enjoying life when he collapsed in cardiac arrest with no warning. Matt was rushed to the hospital, but paramedics and physicians were unable to restart his heart.