AC/DC gutiarist and co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were central in propelling the Australian rockers to worldwide fame along with his two brothers. Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC’s history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.

AC/DC officially made this 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.”

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He was the main creative force of the band and wrote most the hit singles including ‘Back In Black’, ‘Highway to Hell’, and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’. All of which were all played in Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC when their tour for 2008’s Black Ice concluded in June 2010 with a concert in Bilbao, Spain wich you view the highlights for beolw.

The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US making them the best selling Australian artist of all time, including their legendary ‘Back in Black album’, the second best selling album of any artist of all time and their first with Geordie frontman Brian Johnson.