AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has been hailed by his band as a “visionary” after his death at the age of 64.
In 2014 it was announced that the Scottish-born founding member was suffering from dementia and would not be playing with the rock band anymore.
A statement on the band’s website said: “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.
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“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC.
“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 endeavoured.
“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.”
Young was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.
Fans poured out their grief on social media.
In a further statement on Facebook, the band said: “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother.
“Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.
“Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. 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.
“Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.
“While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.
“For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.
“The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.”