Rockers Mourn Late AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young

AC  DC guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

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.

Young last featured on the band's Black Ice tour, which ran from 2008 to 2010 and is the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time.

George Young, another brother to Malcolm and Angus, died on Oct 23 at age 70. It cites a prior interview with Angus that touched on Malcolm's condition: "Malcolm was always very organised [so] it was kind of odd". With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.

Linda and the rest of his family were at his bedside when he died at home, a Saturday statement from the band said. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

"The bond we had was unique and very special", Angus explained. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

"Recognized for its musical feats, Malcolm was an author, guitarist, performer, producer and a visionary who has inspired many". They added, "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".

A second statement was also released on the Facebook page with a personal message from Malcolm's brother, Angus. "Malcolm, job well done". But as co-writer on AC/DC hits such as "Highway to Hell", "Back in Black" and "Hell's Bells", he and his band took the world by storm, with its "Back in Black" album becoming one of the world's best-selling albums.

Van Halen called Saturday, the day AC/DC announced Young's death, "a sad day in rock and roll". "The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing".

Malcolm is survived by a wife and two children.

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