Canberra: To much disappointment for rock aficionados, Malcolm Young, Australian guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC on Saturday died at the age of 64.
Young had been suffering from dementia which forced his retirement from his band which he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973, reported the Rolling Stone.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” a statement on the band’s website said.
“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 endeavoured.”
Malcolm Young wrote much of the band’s the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands, including Back In Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long.
In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.
Angus Young said his brother’s loyalty to the band’s 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.”
Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC’s history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.