Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dead at 64

AC  DC co-founder Malcolm Young is shown in 2010

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and co-founder of the legendary rock band AC/DC, has died.

In an additional statement to Australia's SBS, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

Angus Young may have received a bunch of attention as lead guitar on his on-stage antics, but make no mistake that a big part of AC/DC's sound is thanks to Malcolm Young's chugging, powerful rhythm guitar.

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

Angus Young (L) and Malcolm Young (R) of the Australian rock band AC/DC are pictured September 15, 2000. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

Young retired from the band in 2014, reportedly due to health issues.

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The post continues, "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted".

"He would look at me in times of crisis and go, 'We'll just go in and do some work. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two", Elliott wrote in a statement published to Def Leppard's social media accounts. "He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him".

In 2013, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted AC/DC.

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"For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald tribute site for Malcolm Young which will be available later today. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing".

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