Former AC/DC guitarist and co-founder of the band Malcolm Young died yesterday at the age of 64. Young formed the band in 1973 with his brother Angus. He officially retired from the band in late 2014 due to problems stemming from dementia. Angus issued the following statement regarding his passing:
“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.”
The pair’s older brother George – who produced the band early on – also passed away this year.
[via The PRP]