Malcolm Young dies: Rock world mourns AC/DC co-founder and guitarist

Malcolm Young dies: Rock world mourns AC/DC co-founder and guitarist

Malcolm Young dies: Rock world mourns AC/DC co-founder and guitarist

Updated 19 November 2017, 11:10 AEDT

Malcolm Young, guitarist and guiding force behind Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has been remembered as a "kind hearted soul" and the "greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll".

Malcolm Young, guitarist and guiding force behind Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has been remembered as a "kind hearted soul" and the "greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll" by his peers.

Young, who helped create rock anthems including Highway to Hell, Hells Bells and Back in Black, died yesterday aged 64.

A Scottish migrant, Young formed the band with his brother Angus in Sydney in 1973. AC/DC went on to release 16 albums, with 1980's Back in Black considered one of the greatest rock records.

The band won its only Grammy Award in 2009 for War Machine.

Musicians around the world have taken to social media to pay their respects to Young.

Many of his peers considered him among the greatest rhythm guitarists ever.

Some recounted touring with Young and AC/DC.

Others remembered him as a friend.

Many simply shared their grief at losing one of rock 'n' roll's most influential figures.

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