Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

Posted November 19, 2017

He was 64 years old.

Young left AC/DC in 2014 after the band said he had been struggling with an undisclosed ailment, later revealed to be dementia. His illness reportedly contributed to his death.

Young's family said he passed away peacefully Saturday with his family at his bedside. Further information about Linda and their relationship was not immediately known.

"I'm sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young". The brothers, who were born in Glasgow, Scotland (Malcolm on January 6, 1953), had emigrated to Australia with their family when Malcolm was aged 10 and Angus was 12 years old. From the beginning, he always knew what he wanted to accomplish, and with his younger brother, he has conquered the music scene by giving the best of himself at every concert. He took great pride in all that he endeavored.

"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote.

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The message garnered more than 380,000 likes and hundreds of thousands of shares. Angus issued a separate statement of his own.

Young's death comes only a matter of weeks after the passing of George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus, who was AC/DC's longtime producer and before that a member of 1960s hitmakers the Easybeats. "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

"He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever", the band said. Angus quickly became one of rock's most unusual frontmen, and the contrast between his schoolboy clothes and the band's crushing riffs only made them seem heavier.

"He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too", Slash told Rolling Stone on Saturday. "I am losing it that Malcolm is gone", Megadeth's Dave Mustaine wrote. "The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing". They're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and Angus' schoolboy costume has even spent time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But as co-writer on AC/DC hits such as "Highway to Hell", "Back in Black" and "Hell's Bells", he and his band took the world by storm, with its "Back in Black" album becoming one of the world's best-selling albums.

Malcolm is survived by a wife and two children.