Members of SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, WHITESNAKE, POISON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STRYPER, KORN, OVERKILL, KREATOR, SEPULTURA and VOLBEAT are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Malcolm Young.
The 64-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years.
Malcolm died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said.
Malcolm Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.
Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC‘s latest studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, which arrived in December 2014.
Malcolm Young was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group’s marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008’s “Black Ice” album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition.
Malcolm‘s death came just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for THE EASYBEATS and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.
Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
— Slash (@Slash) November 18, 2017
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017
I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017
While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day ? Mal Rules!! pic.twitter.com/22vGOLfKBz
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans…Great Guy …A Pleasure To Know…Truly Missed, Malcolm…XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend? pic.twitter.com/f1ztks77xr
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm.. Thank you for all the decades of amazing music & for rocking so hard for us all… https://t.co/FtB3tV4Vle
— Ray Luzier (@RayLuzier1) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young – A very important musician who helped shape the genre of hard rock. pic.twitter.com/GuXWNNjwMS
— Derek Sherinian (@DerekSherinian) November 18, 2017
Wow…just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad…one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves…) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF
— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.
— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) November 18, 2017
No no no no no no DAMNIT.
— The Boogie Knight Returns (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 18, 2017
— Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) November 18, 2017
— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) November 18, 2017
RIP to the King of Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young. Thank you for your years of timeless music. We Salute you. @acdc
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) November 18, 2017
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) November 18, 2017
— Andreas Kisser (@andreaskisser) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young.
— Kreator (@kreator) November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young was a HUGE inspiration to myself and countless others. Thank you for the decades of incredible riffs. Thank you for leading me down the path of rock n roll. On behalf of the entire world, THANK YOU FOR AC/DC
— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) November 18, 2017
A proper legend. Have a beautiful journey. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young.
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) November 18, 2017
My thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & everyone within the @acdc camp on the loss of the truly great #MalcomYoung. #ACDC has always been one of my favorite bands & Malcom will certainly be missed.
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
— kipwinger (@kipwinger) November 18, 2017
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) November 18, 2017
"..when I was a kid I wanted 2 things … To be able to solo like SRV , And to be able to play… https://t.co/ZD62jPqKr8
— Shinedown (@Shinedown) November 18, 2017
— Jamie Mathias (@BFMVJAMIE) November 18, 2017
I was dreaming of Malcom Young when I was woken by a text message of his death. Malcom was the diesel that powered the locomotive that had such impact on me. I was lucky to have met him on a few occasions. He was always very nice. I’m happy he is at peace.
— Scotti Hill (@ScottiHill) November 18, 2017
“Pick up your balls, and light up your cannon, for a 21 guns salute”
We love you Sir… Thank you… for everything.
R.I.P. Malcom Young https://t.co/n2in1CAfhX
— Brent Smith (@TheBrentSmith) November 18, 2017
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) November 18, 2017
All HAILS! Rest in Power riff Lord Malcom Young! SOLID player and a Rock n Roll Legend forever!… https://t.co/jZAwCXWAyk
— Jesse Leach (@EyeAgainstI) November 18, 2017
Another great has moved on? Thank you for your musical contributions. For being an inspiration to so many. May you #rip #malcolmyoung #guitarist @acdc ?#rocklegends #rocknroll #godspeed https://t.co/bPdIEmrn2u pic.twitter.com/nnoBLs0ZKs
— Marcos Curiel (@MarcosCuriel) November 18, 2017