AC/DC founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

Jay Jacobs
November 19, 2017

Malcolm Young, co-founder and rhythm guitarist of Australian rock band AC/DC, has passed away at 64.

Young's family said he passed away peacefully Saturday with his family at his bedside. "As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man", Angus Young said in a statement Saturday.

"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".

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young", AC/DC wrote in a statement.

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

In the 1980s, Malcolm Young's battle with alcoholism forced him to leave the band temporarily; during that break, Stevie Young also filled in for his uncle.

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In April of 2014, AC/DC announced that Young would be " taking a break from the band to ill health", without disclosing the nature of his illness; in September of that same year, the band revealed that he had dementia. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. "And I'm not going to say no". "He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him".

AC/DC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The Young brothers co-wrote most of their material, including trademark hits such as "Highway To Hell, ' 'You Shook Me All Night Long" and 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)'. His razor-sharp production cast the band's inherent melodicism into an even greater light, and the album was an global hit that over the years has sold more than 7 million copies in the US alone. Scarred but undeterred, the band soon recruited British singer Brian Johnson - more of a screecher than a snarler like Scott - and recorded the biggest album of their career: 1980's "Back in Black".

The rock community mourned Young's passing, with Slash from Guns N' Roses saying the AC/DC star was one of the best rhythm guitarists.

Young is survived by his siblings as well as wife, O'Linda, his two children, Cara and Ross, and his three grandchildren.

Malcolm's family have asked for "privacy" at this very saddening time, and have requested that fans who wish to pay their respects should do so by donating to the Salvation Army charity.

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