AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dead at 64

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Malcolm Young, the guitarist, died at his home at the age of 64 years. "With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band", AC/DC posted on its Facebook page late on November 18. In another publication, Angus Young also wanted to express a tribute to this " perfectionist", " this unique man ". The brothers, who were born in Glasgow, Scotland (Malcolm on January 6, 1953), had emigrated to Australia in 1963 with their family when Malcolm was aged 10 and Angus was 8 years old. "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young", says the statement. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm Young and his brother Angus Young founded AC/DC in 1973. Within three years and with vocalist Bon Scott as its frontman, AC/DC had become one of Australia's top acts, with two albums (High Voltage and T.N.T.) under its belt, and the group moved to London to pursue worldwide fame. Rolling Stone said at the time, he was having cognitive problems but made a decision to continue to perform during the tour, which he had to oftentimes relearn guitar parts that he had written. The Young brothers co-wrote most of their material, including trademark hits such as "Highway To Hell, ' 'You Shook Me All Night Long" and 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)'.

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Young and his brother Angus created AC/DC in the early 1970s. Even so, Angus Young added, "He was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do", and Malcolm set out to relearn his own music for that last tour.

The group AC/DC has lost one of its founders.

It was unusual for him, Angus told Rolling Stone, "but he was always a confident guy, and we made it work".

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Malcolm is survived by his wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother, the band said.

The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC's longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

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