Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for influential rock band AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 64. Young had been battling dementia for several years. A statement on the band's website reports he "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside." On Facebook, his younger brother and fellow band member Angus writes:
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.
The brothers formed AC/DC in 1973, and have released 17 albums throughout their 40+ year career. They're cited as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with their 1980 LP Back in Black selling an estimated 50 million units worldwide. In 2003, they were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister, and brother. The family asks for privacy during this time of grief, however, the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website will launch next week to allow for messages. The family has asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.
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