Guitarist Malcolm Young, has died at the age of 64. In recent years, Young suffered from dementia and was no longer touring with the rock band he co-founded, AC/DC. He will be greatly missed by the music world, but never forgotten. With a long list of hit songs that have been featured in film and television, including soundtracks for Iron Man 2 and Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, his legacy is a great one. Malcolm Young was inducted, along with his band mates, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," reads a message from the band. They describe him as the "driving force" of the band with an unsurpassed loyalty to fans. Concluding, "He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."
The family released a statement through the band website reading:
“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.”
Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. 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. Nothing less would do for their fans.
Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.
While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.
For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.
The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.