Metal Heads and music lovers worldwide are now saluting AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who died on Saturday after a period of ill health in Sydney at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page late on Saturday, saying "It is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young."
"Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was 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.
In October, The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC's longtime producer who died at the age of 70.
As mentioned in one Rolling Stone Article,
Throughout AC/DC's tenure, Malcolm and Angus Young served as the band's main creative force, crafting the unmistakable riffs that would make AC/DC one of the biggest bands in music. Together, the brothers would create the music for hits like "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell," "Thunderstruck," "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)," "You Shook Me All Night Long" and dozens more rock staples.However, Malcolm's time in AC/DC was not without strife: A heavy drinker, he briefly left AC/DC in 1988 during the Blow Up Your Video Tour – his only absence from the band up to and until his dementia diagnosis – to go to rehab to curb his drinking problem. After a few months, Malcolm returned to the band and remained sober ever since. "I was not surprised," George Young said of his younger brother's sobriety. "When Malcolm puts his mind to something, he does it."
Musicians everywhere paid tribute to the rock and roll legend, including Foo Fighters Dave Grohl. Other took to Social Media to pay respect and offer condolences.