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

Malcolm Young with AC  DC

"With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band", a statement read on AC/DC's Facebook page, which by Sunday had been shared by almost half a million fans.

"As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man". He "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside", the band said.

The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, announced his passing on its website with a plainspoken simplicity that reflected their music.

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM- AUGUST 01  Malcolm Young Phil Rudd Angus Young Cliff Williams and Bon Scott of Australian rock band AC  DC pose in Camden London in August 1979

Malcolm played rhythm guitar to Angus' lead, and his driving riffs and mop-top hair were signatures of the band's sound and image for decades. He was born on January 6, 2953, in Glasgow, Scotland, but was later emigrated to Sydney, Australia. The first time I wanted to be in a band.

"Mal always wanted the music to go on", singer Brian Johnson told Rolling Stone in 2014. It remains one of the top 10 best-sellers in RIAA history. Their hits included "Highway to Hell" from 1979 and "Back in Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" from 1980.

In the 1980s, Malcolm Young's battle with alcoholism forced him to leave the band temporarily; during that break, Stevie Young also filled in for his uncle.

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Younger brother Angus said the pair were close until the end. The experience was "very unusual for him", Angus told the magazine, "but he was always a confident guy, and we made it work".

FOO Fighters and Guns N' Roses have performed stirring tributes to the late Malcolm Young - the legendary Australian guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC - who died on Saturday.

"He was older than me - I always looked up to him", Angus said of his brother past year in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was "always one to battle through".

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Angus, in a separate statement added Malcolm took "great pride in all that he endeavored". His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

The post continued, "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".

The group's early material was co-produced by their older brother George, a founder of Australian legends the Easybeats, who died earlier this year.

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