AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died, aged 64, the band confirmed over the weekend.
Young announced in 2014 that he was retiring from the band, which he co-founded with his brother Angus in 1973, and he did not appear on their most recent album, ‘Rock Or Bust’. It was later confirmed that he had been diagnosed with dementia.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young”, said a statement on the band’s website, published on Saturday. “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”.
It continued: “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 endeavoured. 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”, added Angus Young. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done”.
Malcolm and Angus’s older brother George, who co-produced the band’s first five albums, also died in October, aged 70.