Death of rock musician
AC/DC’s Young dies of dementia, 64
Co-founder of the heavy rock band AC/DC Malcolm Young has died aged 64. He was suffering from dementia.
The guitarist was born in Glasgow in January 1953 before emigrating with his family to Australia ten years later.
He founded what would become one of the biggest rock bands in the world with his younger brother Angus in 1973.
He wrote the band’s material and many of their best-known guitar riffs for hits including Back In Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long.
The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.
It was announced in 2014 that Young would take a temporary break to receive treatment for dementia, but he retired permanently in September that year.
He was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.
An official statement was posted on the band’s Facebook page by his brother confirming the news of Young’s death.
It read: “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 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. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
“Malcolm, job well done.”
A third brother, George, who produced many of the band’s songs, died in October aged 70.
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