AC/DC Guitarist And Co-founder Malcolm Young Has Died At 64

Sad news to report for AC/DC and rock music fans. Malcolm Young, co-founder and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC has died at the age of. The rocker had been suffering from dementia and passed away surrounded by his family and those who cared about him.

The band broke the tragic news this morning (Nov. 18) and released the following statement on their website:

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. 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. 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. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm, job well done.”

In 2014, Young took a leave of absence from the band due to his dementia before retiring altogether in September of that year. He is survived by his wife Linda Young and their two children, Cara and Ross.

Young was a great talent that brought us one of the world’s best rock bands. He will be missed.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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