AC/DC have just issued a statement on the passing of rhythm guitarist and founding member, Malcolm Young. With reports breaking in 2014 of him battling dementia, Young stepped down from his duties and his nephew Stevie Young taking up the mantle for the Rock or Bust album in the same year and the subsequent tour in 2015 and 2016.
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.
It’s hard to find a rock fan who doesn’t like AC/DC and whilst the limelight may have been on Angus and Bon Scott and then latterly Brian Johnson, it’s undeniable that AC/DC wouldn’t have sounded the same without him and would likely have been much less successful without his hand at the helm.
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