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

Ken Copeland
November 20, 2017

In an additional statement to Australia's SBS, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

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

Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes, guitarist Slash, horror writer Stephen King, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Bryan Adams, songwriter Diane Warren and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard also took to social media to pay tribute.

"Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC", he continued.

Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

"He was older than me - I always looked up to him", Angus said of his brother previous year in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was "always one to battle through".

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Angus, in a separate statement added Malcolm took "great pride in all that he endeavored". His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. He was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, for the band's world tour in 2015. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. "I will do just that tonight, for you". "The link that we had been unique and special.", he wrote. "He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him". Young left this mortal coil this week at the too-young age of 64, but man did Malcolm pack some seriously inspired and singular rock and roll into his decades. Their hits included "Highway to Hell" from 1979 and "Back in Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" from 1980.

The fourth single from "Appetite For Destruction", the song reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the record went on to become the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

Malcolm's fellow musicians, as well as rock n' roll fans, voiced their condolences Saturday on Twitter.

George Young, another brother to Malcolm and Angus, died on October 23 at age 70.

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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