AC/DC co-founder and Guitarist Malcolm Young has passed away at 64 after battling dementia for several years. The band announced on Saturday.
Malcolm Mitchell Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. He developed dementia about 10 years ago. Three years ago, Young stepped down to receive treatment for dementia. Shortly afterwards he retired permanently.
He was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, for the band’s world tour in 2015.
Angus Young saying he was “always one to battle through.”
“He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs,'” he said. “He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the band has sold more than 70 million albums in the US. The band’s original lead singer, Bon Scott, died in 1980. He was replaced by Brian Johnson.