AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Malcolm Young, songwriter, and guitarist for the rock band AC/DC has died at 64, according to the band's official Facebook page.
Malcolm's brothers Angus Young and Steve Young are also guitarists with AC/DC. George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus, passed away last month in late October at the age of 70. He was a producer for AC/DC as well as a guitarist for the band Easybeats.
"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," Angus said.
Young was one of the band's founding members along with his brother Angus. The band formed in 1973 but it wasn't until 1979 that the band gained notoriety in the United States after their hit "Highway to Hell," which later went platinum according to Rolling Stone Magazine. The band produced many hit singles including "For Those About to Rock, We Salute You," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."
Malcolm suffered from Dementia for several years before his passing. The guitarist last performed with the band in June 2010 in Bilbao, Spain.
The family released an official statement on the AC/DC band website.
"“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.”
Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.
Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.
While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.
For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.
The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army."
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