AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died

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One of the band's co-founders, he had been suffering from dementia.

Malcolm Young, the pioneering rock guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has died aged 64.

The band announced the sad news overnight, saying the legenedary rhythm guitarist had been suffering from dementia for some time and passed away peacefully.

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer, and visionary who inspired many," the band said in a statement on their Facebook page.

"From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother [Angus], took to the world stage giving their all at every show."


The Young brothers, including their other brother, Easybeats guitarist George, who died last month, had a massive impact on music that extended far beyond Australia's borders.

The band called Young a "visionary"  and the driving force behind AC/DC.

"He was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted."

Eddie Van Halen was among many paying tribute to the guitraist, who he said would be greatly missed.