By Uncle Blurt
The man with the thunder-striking riffs has left the building: AC/DC cofounding guitarist Malcolm Young, who had been suffering from dementia for some time, passed away earlier today, Nov. 18, He was 64. Young reportedly died peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement on Facebook. Malcolm, along with [brother] 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. 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. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.” – Angus Young.
Young’s nephew, Stevie, replaced him on the band’s recent tours when it was clear he would not be able to perform anymore.