Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

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The passing of AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young means an era is over. His family confirmed in a statement that Young had died and added that he had been suffering from dementia for several years.

The post continues, "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted". He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Paul Stanley of Kiss called it "a tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon", referring to Young as "the driving engine of AC/DC". Angus is still with the band and appeared on their latest tour, the Rock or Bust trek.

The band continued to gain speed with 1979's Highway to Hell, which sold more than a million copies worldwide. Singer Brian Johnson joined the band in Scott's stead; when Back in Black was released, it went to No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold 22 million copies in the US alone. "And I'm not going to say no".

"I had said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah'".

Young's last performance with the band was in 2010 in Balbao, Spain. The experience was "very unusual for him", Angus told the magazine, "but he was always a confident guy, and we made it work".

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many", the statement read. "Nothing less would do for their fans".

While Angus' schoolboy outfit and onstage aggression made him the focal point of the band throughout its career, his older brother's crushing rhythm guitar anchored the band musically, and his no-nonsense toughness anchored it in virtually every other way.

Young is survived by his wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother, the band said. George Young had served as producer to AC/DC and was a guitarist for the Australian band Easybeats.

Tributes started pouring in from around the world, both from the music industry and elsewhere.