Today, the world lost 64-year-old Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of legendary rock band AC/DC.
According to Rolling Stone, Young suffered with dementia for the last three years before his death, the illness ultimately forcing him to retire from the band he helped create.
“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC,” a statement shared on the band’s Facebook page reads. “With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.”
Reportedly written by fellow AC/DC great Angus Young, he concluded by thanking his brother:
“He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”
According to his family, he died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
Malcolm and Angus Young penned some of AC/DC’s most memorable riffs, heard on rock staples like “Back in Black”, “Hell’s Bells” and “Highway to Hell,” with Rolling Stone once describing him and his brother as “the band’s main creative force.”
In memory of the man, and the band, we remember happier times with AC/DC rocking Houston in 1983, at The Summit – now Lakewood Church:
You rocked, Malcolm. RIP, buddy.
"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