Malcom Young, AC/DC Guitarist & Songwriter, Died From Dementia At 64

With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.

Young and his brother, Angus, founded AC/DC in Australia in 1973.

Ben Jolliffe, a member of the band Young Guns, tweeted, "Absolutely broken to hear of Malcolm Young passing".

Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.

Van Halen called Saturday, the day AC/DC announced Young's death, "a sad day in rock and roll". "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. Young later announced his departure from the band in 2014 due to health reasons that were later revealed to be dementia.

While Angus' schoolboy outfit and onstage aggression made him the focal point of the band throughout its career, his older brother's crushing rhythm guitar anchored the band musically, and his no-nonsense toughness anchored it in virtually every other way. The band would become one of the influential rock "n" roll groups of its era. Rolling Stone said at the time, he was having cognitive problems but chose to continue to perform during the tour, which he had to oftentimes relearn guitar parts that he had written.

"Mal always wanted the music to go on", singer Brian Johnson told Rolling Stone in 2014.

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Some of the band's most popular songs include "Back in Black", "Thunderstruck", "Hells Bells", "You Shook me all Night Long" and "For Those About to Rock".

"Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC".

George Young, another brother to Malcolm and Angus, died on October 23 at age 70.

"Malcolm was always very organised [so] it was kind of unusual".

Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.

His death comes just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for the Easybeats and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.

  • Megan Austin