Monday, November 27, 2017

AC/DC: Malcolm Young remembered at private Sydney funeral service

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was honored by family, friends and fans during a private funeral service at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia on November 28.

ABC News reports Young – who passed away November 18 at the age of 64 following a lengthy battle with dementia – was remembered as both a legendary guitarist and humble friend by those in attendance.

The guitarist’s longtime AC/DC bandmates Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd were on hand alongside members of the Australian rock community, including Jimmy Barnes and Rose Tattoo vocalist Angry Anderson, as fans lined the streets outside the cathedral.

Young’s beloved Gretsch guitar, nicknamed "the beast", rested on top of his coffin during the service.

Members from Young's family did not speak, but thanked mourners for their support with a statement in a program that included a customized guitar pick as a tribute.

"Malcom's family thank you for your love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness during this time,” read the program insert. “They ask that you remember Malcolm as a man who was generous and had immense talent. His enormous legacy to his family and the music industry worldwide will never be forgotten."

The service was followed by a private family burial.

Young is survived by his wife O'Linda, two children and three grandchildren.

Malcolm and Angus’ older brother George Young – the co-founder of The Easybeatspassed away just last month at the age of 70.

Malcolm formed AC/DC with Angus in Sydney in 1973.

The band went on to sell more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States alone.

AC/DC were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2003.

Malcolm retired from the group in 2014 after the band confirmed his dementia and he entered a full-time health care facility.

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