The great Malcolm Young, co-founding guitarist of rock legends AC/DC, has died. He was 64.

The news was posted to AC/DC’s Facebook page early Saturday morning (November 18). Young was diagnosed with dementia and parted ways with the Australian powerhouse band in 2014.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother,” the statement reads. “Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.”

It continues: “Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

A memorial website will be launched on the Sydney Morning Herald next week, the statement adds, and Young’s family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Salvation Army in the musician’s name.

“Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother,” the statement says. “While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.”

Read it in full below, and all hail that mighty riff.

 

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