AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies at 64

AC/DC co-founder and former guitarist Malcolm Young has passed away at age 64, the band announced via a statement on the band’s website.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the statement read. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Young formed AC/DC with his brother Angus in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Young stepped away from the band in 2014, at which time it was revealed he was dealing with dementia. It was also reported back in 2015 that Young had battled lung cancer.

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“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special,” said Angus in a statement. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

Young’s family also released a statement following his passing.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside,” the statement read, per NME. ”Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans. While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.”

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