AC/DC co-founder and former rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has died at the age of 64.
Young, who suffered from dementia, passed away on Saturday while surrounded by his family, according to a statement.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother,” says Young’s family.
“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 tribute site for Malcolm Young which will be available later today.
“The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.”
Malcolm Young’s nephew Stevie stepped in for him on AC/DC’s last tour promoting their 2014 album Rock Or Bust, as Young wanted the band to continue touring without him.
Young’s older brother George passed away in October.