(TRR) – AC/DC rhythm guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young has died. He was 64. Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years, and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his side, according to the band. He retired from AC/DC in September 2014 and was replaced on rhythm guitar by his nephew Stevie Young.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC said in a statement.
“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.”
Young founded AC/DC with his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young, in 1973. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life,” Angus stated. “The bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”