AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

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Besides a brief absence in 1988, Young was an integral part of AC/DC from its start in November 1973 right through to April 2014, when it was announced that he would receive treatment for dementia. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.

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"He was older than me - I always looked up to him", Angus Young said of his brother in an interview previous year with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was "always one to battle through".

Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young from Australian rock band AC/DC posed in a studio in London in August 1979. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Young's family said he passed away peacefully Saturday with his family at his bedside.

"He took great pride in all that he endeavoured".

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"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote. Angus issued a separate statement of his own.

Angus Young added, "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. Malcolm, job well done".

The rock community mourned Young's passing, with Slash from Guns N' Roses saying the AC/DC star was one of the best rhythm guitarists. "It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two", Elliott wrote in a statement published to Def Leppard's social media accounts. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow.

Young's death comes only a matter of weeks after the passing of George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus, who was AC/DC's longtime producer and before that a member of 1960s hitmakers the Easybeats.

AC/DC plans to create a memorial website at which fans can send messages to Malcolm Young's survivors, including his wife, O'Linda; children, Cara and Ross; son-in-law, Josh; three grandchildren; and his sister and brother.

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