Malcolm Young, one of the greatest rhythm guitarists of all time and co-founder of the groundbreaking hard-rock band AC/DC, died today (November 18th) at the age of 64. Together he and his brother Angus served as the hell-raising guitar duo that anchored the group from its formation in 1973 until Malcolm's retirement in 2014 due to dementia, an illness he would battle with until his death.
AC/DC broke the sad news on Facebook: "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."
The band reported in an additional statement to Australia's SBS that Malcolm Young's family was there at his side when he passed away.
"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many," the statement reads. "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."
In the band's original Facebook post, Angus Young added a personal note: "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 said. "He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."