AC/DC Guitarist, Malcolm Young, Dead at 64

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist, Malcolm Young, has died at the age 64.

With his family by his side, Malcolm passed away Saturday morning after a three year battle with dementia. The disease unfortunately ended his career with AC/DC. In 2014, he was replaced by his nephew – Stevie – for the band’s last tour in conjunction with their latest album, Rock or Bust.

Malcolm founded AC/DC with his younger brother Angus in 1973. He was known for his rhythm guitar prowess that put the Sydney, Australia band on the map. Songs like “Back In Black,” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Highway To Hell” can be attributed to Malcolm.

AC/DC made a statement via Facebook regarding Malcolm’s death:

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 with his family by his bedside.

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.

Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.

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.

For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.

The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.

Rest in power Malcolm Young, you will be missed and your music will live on. Listen below:


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