The news was shared by his family and since there’s been an outpouring of tributes from the musical community since.
His remaining AC/DC bandmates led the way with a moving tribute on their Facebook page remembering, “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.”
It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed by many fellow musicians who are remembering everything from his pioneering role in the band to those iconic guitar riffs.
Stanley called him, “a sometimes unsung icon,” and, “one of the true greats,” while Def Leppard said, “he was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off.”
Meanwhile Grohl shared his story of the the first time he saw AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock live movie.
“It was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band,” he said.
Read all the tributes that have flowed in so far from the music community below.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you. pic.twitter.com/dnwm1uRFqd
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young.
Very sad news. Thanks, Malcolm for all the great music. Our condolences to the family, friends and fans. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ward pic.twitter.com/aa7aF65qgW
— Bill Ward (@billwarddrums) November 19, 2017
— Disturbed (@Disturbed) November 18, 2017
GOD BLESS MALCOLM YOUNG – 1953 – 2O17 tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/kZxtl4uG6L
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) November 18, 2017
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon." – Joe
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
Rest in peace Malcolm Young x
— Biffy Clyro (@BiffyClyro) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs…
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) November 18, 2017
Malcolm is gone, and although his music lives on, there are no words to express this sadness. Bittersweet as it is, I’m happy he’s free from the dementia and in Heaven with Bon and his brother George. I owe so much to Malcolm Young… https://t.co/soxrFpQsmJ pic.twitter.com/YmUI6IH5sG
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017
Devastated to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing… For me personally, the GREATEST rhythm guitarist of ALL TIME. Thank you Malcolm for all of the spit and fire, passion, ferocity, gravitas, and for the eternal inspiration. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 18, 2017
Playing ‘Thunderstruck’ AC/DC Malcolm Young..rock on RIP.
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) November 19, 2017
So very sad about the passing of Malcolm Young, an absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/h6opkjUEdv
— The Darkness (@thedarkness) November 19, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young You were the greatest rhythm guitar player ever Love and condolences to Angus What a sad day for music https://t.co/nskAOvd6Gq
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) November 18, 2017