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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 27: Axl Rose, left, and Angus Young perform with AC/DC during the Rock Or Bust Tour at the Greensboro Coliseum on August 27, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati/Getty Images)

Co-founder and creator of AC/DC Malcolm Young has passed away, as confirmed by the band’s Facebook page. 

Young had been suffering from dementia and had to retire from the band back in 2014.

Brother Angus Young told Rolling Stone back in August of 2016 that “It’s hard to communicate,” (with him). “I do pass on messages. I can’t be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him.”

When Malcolm Young retired from the band, his nephew Stevie Young attempted to fill the power driving shoes of his uncle.

Angus told Rolling Stone when asked if he felt he should have made the call on retiring AC/DC when Malcolm couldn’t continue in an interview after he’d enlisted Axl Rose to take on the mantle of vocalist on tour, and he said:

“That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs.’ He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”


Read the band’s statement here:


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...



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