Malcolm Young, the guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has died today (Saturday Nov. 18th) at the young age of 64. Young has been suffering from dementia for the past three years, which force his retirement from the band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. Young died at home with his family at this bedside, the band said in a statement on their social media platforms and website. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.
Read the statement from the band below:
“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.”
Watch Malcolm Young’s final performance with AC/DC from the Black Ice Tour in 2010 below: