He died peacefully after a long battle with dementia

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Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has died aged 64.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, forcing him to retire from the band he co-founded in 1973.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC,” said the statement. “With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

The Young’s elder brother George, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, died in October at the age of 70.

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