Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, dead at 64

(Photo: AC/DC Facebook)

Guitarist and co-founder of the rock band AC/DC Malcolm Young has died at age 64, the band said in a statement Saturday.

The band released a full statement on their website Saturday:

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.

As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.

He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm, job well done.

Young left the band in April 2014 due to health reasons. In September 2014, Young’s family told people magazine that he was diagnosed with dementia.