AC/DC founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

AC/DC founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64.

Malcolm's brother and bandmate Angus Young opened up in a heartfelt post on the official AC/DC Facebook account, sharing the impact his brother had both professionally and personally.

More from the post: "With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band". More albums ensued and sold in multiplatinum quantities - "For Those About to Rock", their last with Lange, "Flick of the Switch", "Fly on the Wall" - but the sound became a bit repetitive and more years elapsed between releases. In 2008 he admitted to problems with alcohol. "Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere".

In the 1980s, Malcolm Young's battle with alcoholism forced him to leave the band temporarily; during that break, Stevie Young also filled in for his uncle.

In an additional statement to Australia's SBS, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

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"He took great pride in all that he endeavoured". His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. Angus issued a separate statement of his own.

Angus Young, his younger brother by some two years, adds in the statement: "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", he said, according to Rolling Stone. "The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing".

"In the process, AC/DC have carved out a niche somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal that's been an inspiration to aspiring musicians - and given us crank-up-the-volume radio staples "Back In Black, ' 'Highway to Hell" and 'You Shook Me All Night Long, '" the hall of fame notes on its website.

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.

He is survived by his wife O'Linda and two children.

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