Legendary Australian rockstar Malcolm Young has died, aged 64, after years of battling dementia.
Three years ago, the band announced Young needed to step down to receive treatment for dementia, shortly after this he retired permanently.
Young created many of the band’s most popular guitar riffs, including Back in Black, Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long.
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It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
— Damon Johnson (@DamonJOfficial) November 18, 2017
The band released an official statement confirming his death.
“It is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” it read.
“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.”
Vale, Malcolm Young.