AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died
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.
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
"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