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AC/DC's Malcolm Young dead at 64

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Malcolm Young, the founder and retired rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, died today (Saturday) at the age of 64. The band released a statement:

"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."

AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young says, "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.

"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."

Malcolm's death comes less than a month after the death of his older brother, producer and musician George Young.

Malcolm Young was born on January 6th, 1953 in Scotland but emigrated to Australia with his family in 1963. His older brother George paved the musical path for Malcolm and their younger brother Angus -- he was a member of The Easybeats before becoming a producer and guiding his brothers in the early days of AC/DC, which Malcolm formed in 1973. Malcolm was the driving force behind the band, musically and managerially. It was Malcolm who for years refused to allow the band’s songs to be sold on iTunes as he was not a fan of Apple founder Steve Jobs. 

Prior to announcing in the spring of 2014 that he was taking a leave of absence from AC/DC to address medical issues, Malcolm’s only other time away from the band was in 1988, when he sought treatment for alcoholism. Both times he was replaced by his nephew Stevie. 

AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC in November 1973 and recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, and ex-Masters Apprentices drummer, Colin Burgess. By the time they released their first album, High Voltage, on February 17, 1975, the Young's were the only original members left in the band

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