Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, more honor AC/DC's Malcolm Young

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"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young", the band stated in the post.

The passing of AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young means an era is over. Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist, tweeted, "I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour".

"With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band", read the post.

Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes, guitarist Slash, horror writer Stephen King, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Bryan Adams, songwriter Diane Warren and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard also took to social media to pay tribute.

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. "Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC". It (sic) will be sadly missed. He "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside", the band said. The band would become one of the influential rock "n" roll groups of its era.

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Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.

In April of 2014, AC/DC announced that Young would be "taking a break from the band to ill health", without disclosing the nature of his illness; in September of that same year, the band revealed that he had dementia. Angus is still with the band and appeared on their latest tour, the Rock or Bust trek.

Adams called Young "the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world".

Young's last appearance with his band was in 2010 in Bilbao, Spain; in 2014, Angus told Rolling Stonethat there had been signs of his brother's deteriorating condition for at least six years, even before the 2008 album Black Ice was made, and Malcolm was having problems with his memory and concentration.

His death comes just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for the Easybeats and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.