AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

Story by Anne Erickson

AC/DC guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest guitarists, has passed away. He was 64. The legendary band announced that Young had died on their Facebook page early this morning (Nov. 18) with a heartfelt tribute and black-and-white photo of Young.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the band stated in the post. “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.”

The post continues, “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.”

The band concludes the message with a simple tribute to Malcolm stating that the guitarist “leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

Young and his brother Angus created AC/DC in the early 1970s. The band would become one of the influential rock ‘n’ roll groups of its era. Young left AC/DC in 2014 to start his fight with dementia. Angus is still with the band and appeared on their latest tour, the Rock or Bust trek.

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