AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64
Once again, it looks like we are bidding farewell to another music legend, as AC/DC's Malcolm Young has passed away. Though his younger brother Angus took the centre stage in many ways, Malcolm was often described as being the driving force behind the hard rock band, which he co-founded with his brother in 1973.
This comes following a lengthy battle with dementia that the musician faced, one which ended his long music career back in 2014. In April that year he took a leave of absence, before permanently retiring from performing in September that year due to his health struggles. He was replaced by his nephew Stevie with his blessing, for the band's last tour - to promote the album Rock or Bust.
Young passed away with his family beside him, and they have now released an official statement:
"It is with deepest sorry 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 on Saturday 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."
"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."
They conclude by asking for those that wish to send messages to the family to visit the Sydney Morning Herald tribute site for Malcolm Young. They also asked to for those wishing to send flowers instead send donations to The Salvation Army.
The band also released a statement on their Facebook page:
"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.
"Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. 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"
This news comes just a few weeks after Malcolm's brother George, Easybeats guitarist and producer on some of AC/DC's work, passed away aged 70. Malcolm is survived by his wife Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult time.