Young had been suffering from dementia.
Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of legendary rock band AC/DC, died Saturday after a three-year battle with dementia. He was 64.
AC/DC confirmed the news on its website. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the group wrote in a statement.
Young founded AC/DC alongside his brother, Angus, in 1973. The guitarist was forced to retire in 2014 from the band as a result of his illness. He and Angus had been credited as co-writers on every AC/DC song beginning with debut High Voltage in 1975 through 2014’s Rock or Bust.
“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.”
Angus Young added, “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.”
Malcolm Young last performed with AC/DC in 2010 following the band’s tour in support of 2008’s Black Ice album. He officially retired from the group in 2014.
Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday alongside his family. He is survived by his wife, O’Linda, and two children.
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