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AC/DC's Brian Johnson pays tribute to co-founder Malcolm Young

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Former AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has paid tribute to the band's co-founder and ex-guitarist Malcolm Young who has died aged 64.

Young founded the rock group alongside his brother in 1973, with the band going on to sell more than 200 million records worldwide.

The Scottish-born musician left the group in 2014 after it was revealed he was suffering from dementia.

A statement on AC/DC's website on Saturday said it was "with deep heartfelt sadness" that they had to break the news of Young's death.

It added that Young had died "peacefully" with family at his bedside.

For 32 years we stood side by side on stage. I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can’t believe he's gone.

We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he. I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.

He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no Rock & Roll out there.

I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I'm going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young.

– Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson performing as lead singer of AC/DC Credit: PA