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Malcolm Young Dies; AC/DC Guitarist Was 64

Malcolm Young, one of the original members of AC/DC, has passed away.

He was 64 years old.

At this point, it’s not clear what caused Malcolm’s death, though we do know that he’d been suffering from dementia since at least 2014.

It was then that his family — his brother Angus co-founded the band with him, and another Young brother, George, acted as a producer — announced he’d be leaving the band due to his health issues.

In a statement released this morning, AC/DC wrote that “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.”

“Malcolm, along with Angus [Young, Malcolm’s brother], 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,” the statement continued. “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.”

“He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

In addition to the statement from AC/DC as a whole, Angus released one of his own.

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life,” he wrote, “the bond we had was unique and very special.”

“He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever,” he added.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

Yet another statement was released by the rest of Malcolm’s family — they referred to him as “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’s death must have hit the Young family especially hard — his older brother, George, passed away just last month.

His death will no doubt be tough for AC/DC fans, because after all, he was a huge, huge part of the band.

He and Angus formed AC/DC in 1973, and Malcolm played rhythm guitar all the way up until 2010 when they wrapped up their tour for their Black Ice album.

Black Ice, released in 2008, was also the last album on which Malcolm was credited as a songwriter.

Stevie Young, his nephew, replaced him in 2014 in time to record AC/DC’s most recent album, Rock or Bust.

Our condolences to Malcolm’s friends and family — and, of course, all of his fans.

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31 Musicians Who Died Way Too Young

Chalk it up to drugs to lifestyle or to some unknown factor, but the following big names in music all left this planet far too soon.

Scroll around below to see at what age they passed away and from what cause.

And join us in hoping they rest in peace…

1. Kurt Cobain

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The lead singer of Nirvana shot himself in the head at the age of 27, leaving a note that read: “Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

2. Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin also died at the age of 27. Officials determined that she overdosed on heroin.

3. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi hendrix
Yup, Jimi Hendrix was also 27 whe he died due to asphyxiation in his own vomit after he took sleeping pills.

4. Scott Weiland

Scott weiland
Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus in December of 2015. He passed away from cardiac arrest.

5. Andy Gibb

Andy gibb
Andy Gibb struggled with substance abuse and died of a heart ailment in 1988, just prior to his 30th birthday.

6. Jim Morrison

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Jim Morrison was found dead in his Paris apartment at the age of 27. No official cause was ever revealed, though most believe he died of a heroin overdose.

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Lil Peep: New Details on Death of Young Singer Emerge

As previously reported, Lil Peep is dead at the young age of 21.

The popular YouTube star and burgeoning emo artist was found dead on Wednesday night, with initial reports linking his passing to an overdose of drugs.

Specifically, one outlet claimed that Lil Peep took some kind of fake Xanax that was laced with Fentanyl, a powerful opioid.

But no cause of death has actually been confirmed.

TMZ, however, has shared a few disturbing new details about the rapper’s death.

FIRST, the celebrity gossip website writes that Lil Peep’s body was discovered on his tour bus outside a club in Tucson, Arizona, where the artist was scheduled to perform.

SECOND, per law enforcements sources, TMZ says that Peep’s manager is the one who found his body, having gone to check on his client around 9:40 p.m.

There was apparently drug paraphernalia strewn all around him, along with evidence of a possible overdose, which was likely linked to Xanax, as mentioned above.

Is it possible Lil Peep committed suicide?

We hate to speculate on such a delicate topic.

We just know that Peep had shared a photo earlier in the day on Instagram with what appeared to be prescription pills on his tongue.

He wrote this as a caption:

“fucc it.”

Lil Peep had released his first album just three months ago.

Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access Entertainment – which partnered with Lil Peep last year – said in a statement:

“I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic.

“He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing…

“I have spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life.”

Lil Peep, whose real name is Gustav Åhr, often spoke about his drug use in in his song lyrics.

“I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F-ck, I wish I didn’t wake up,’” Peep told Pitchfork in an interview published in January.

“I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that sh-t out.”

The young artist was romantically linked to Bella Thorne as recently as September.

“Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn’t do your greatness justice,” wrote the actress on Twitter in the wake of this sad news.

Thorne also shared a pair of videos to Instagram stories, emotionally reacting to Peep’s death in each.

“I just wanted to say anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan, you guys know how talented he was, you guys know how great he was,” she said.

“Well he was even more f-cking great as a person.”

Added DJ Marshmello, who had toured with Peep this year:

Peep was the nicest person. hanging out with him, talking to him about music, the song ideas we were going to do together and touring was so amazing. Everyone will miss you man.

We send our condolences to everyone who knew and cared about Lil Peep.

May he rest in peace.

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