NEW YORK — Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of the hard-rock band AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64, the band confirms.
Young retired from the Australian band in 2014 due to his health. It was later revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia.
AC/DC published a statement announcing Young’s passing.
“Today 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.”
A statement says he died peacefully with his family by his side.
Young and his younger brother Angus founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band in 1973.
AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in “Back in Black,” the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
He is survived by his wife Linda and two children.
Associated Press contributed to this report.