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AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dies at 64

August Brown | Malcolm Young, the AC/DC co-founder whose brash guitar riffs, tight songwriting and live-wire personality defined an era of rock ’n’ roll, has died. He was 64.

AC/DC announced his death on its official Facebook page on Saturday. The exact time, location and cause of his death were not immediately made public. Young had been diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and did not perform with the group on its recent comeback tour. The statement said that he died peacefully in the company of close family.

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the band said in its statement. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Over 40 years, AC/DC would sell more than 200 million albums of riff-driven, sometimes juvenile but always anthemic rock, including 1980’s “Back in Black,” which remains the second-best selling rock album of all time.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1953, Young moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, in 1963, and formed AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973 after watching older brother George find success with his group the Easybeats. Though Angus, with his schoolboy costumes and flamboyant lead guitar work, was the de facto frontman, Young was its musical core and primary writer for most of the group’s hits, which included stadium-rock staples such as “Highway to Hell” and “Back In Black.”

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