Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

The musician, 64-year-old died "peacefully" at his home, surrounded by his loved ones.

Malcolm spent the last three years struggling with dementia, which forced him to retire from the group a few years ago.

It's been a hard time for the family, as they lost their brother George in October, Rolling Stone reports.

"It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother", the family said in a statement. "Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere".

AC/DC was founded in Sydney, Australia by two brothers, Malcolm (the seventh of eight children in the Young family) and his older brother Angus.

"With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band", a statement from AC/DC read. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.

The two brothers co-wrote virtually every song the band recorded until 2014's "Rock or Bust", released after he'd left the band. In another publication, Angus Young also wanted to express a tribute to this " perfectionist", " this unique man ".

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"He took great pride in all that he endeavoured. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed". "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

"He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever", the band said.

In a further statement to SBS in Australia, AC/DC added: "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many".

Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow on 6 January 1953, emigrating with his family to Australia ten years later. Legendary singer Bon Scott, who spit out the growling vocals that are still iconic today died in 1980 after a drinking binge.

The rock community mourned Young's passing, with Slash from Guns N' Roses saying the AC/DC star was one of the best rhythm guitarists.

Van Halen called Saturday, the day AC/DC announced Young's death, "a sad day in rock and roll".

Yet their music vaulted into another realm when they united with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange - who at that point had worked mostly with British alternative acts but would later craft multiplatinum albums for Def Leppard and Shania Twain - for the 1979 album "Highway to Hell".

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