AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, one of the greatest ever Australian songwriters, has passed away peacefully after “suffering from dementia for several years,” aged 64.
The news follows the sad passing of older brother and Easybeats member George Young, age 70, in late October.
Starting AC/DC with younger brother Angus in 1973, the group went on to achieve worldwide success, with 1980 classic Back In Black the world’s second best selling album behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Young was known for writing or co-writing all of AC/DC’s biggest hits, including You Shook Me All Night Long, It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll), T.N.T., Let There Be Rock, Back In Black, Thunderstruck, Hell’s Bells, High Voltage, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) and so many more.
A Facebook post by AC/DC reads:
“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.”
RIP Malcolm Mitchell Young (January 6, 1953 – November 18, 2017).