AC/DC announced the death of band co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young on November 18 on their official Facebook page and website.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside,” one of the posts read.
The posts did not say when or where Young died, but said the performer had been suffering from dementia. He was diagnosed in 2014.
Malcolm last performed live with AC/DC when their Black Ice tour wrapped-up in June 2010 with a show Spain.
In 2014, AC/DC band released Rock or Bust, their first album without Malcolm Young. However, the 11 songs are credited to the Young brothers. Angus said he built the album from guitar hooks the two had accumulated over the years.
Around the album’s release, Angus Young told The Associated Press that Malcolm was doing fine, but that he couldn’t perform anymore.
“It was progressing further, but he knew he couldn’t do it,” Angus Young said of his older brother’s dementia. “He had continued as long as he could, still writing. But he said to me, ‘Keep it going.’”
“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” Brian Johnson said in July 2014. “He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again… Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.”
“I’ve never felt like a pop star – this is a nine-to-five sort of gig,” Malcolm told Rolling Stone in 2008. “It comes from working in the factories, that world. You don’t forget it.”
Read more about the life and career of Malcolm Young from Rolling Stone here.