AC/DC's Malcolm Young Dead at 64

Malcolm Young, the guitarist, co-founder, and songwriter for hard rock legends AC/DC, has died at the age of 64 following a years-long battle with dementia.

The Scottish-born, Australian-raised rhythm guitarist was a co-writer, along with brother and lead guitarist Angus Young, on every song the band released, including "Back in Black," "Highway to Hell," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and other classics of the rock 'n' roll canon.

Wielding his double-cutaway Gretsch Jet Firebird through a Marshall stack, Young laid down huge, foundational riffs, becoming a favorite among other guitarists along the way.

Anthrax's Scott Ian once said, "I learned how to play guitar listening to Malcolm. Why not learn from the best rhythm guitar player ever?"

The news of his passing was announced by AC/DC, who has worked without Malcolm since 2014 because of his illness.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," AC/DC wrote in a statement.

"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. 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."

Angus Young added, "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."

Young with AC/DC in 1996.

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