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Rock world pays tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young: 'You changed the world'

Malcolm Young AC/DC performing live as the headline act at Donington Festival 1991 Leicestershire, England - 17.08.91 Featuring: Malcolm Young Where: Leicestershire, Leicestershire, United Kingdom When: 17 Aug 1991 Credit: WENN **Only available for publication in USA**

AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young died on Saturday at the age of 64 and members of the rock and roll community have taken a pause to remember the man who helped make the heavy metal band legendary.

Malcolm Young had been battling dementia for years and died peacefully at home with his family by his side, according to a statement from his family.

Young was responsible for co-writing some of the band's most iconic songs, "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Moneytalks," and even the bluesy 1976 track "R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)."

Hard rock and heavy metal legends took to social media on Saturday to pay their respects after the news broke.

"You wrote the best riffs in the best band and you changed the world," Robert Caggiano, musician and former lead guitarist for the thrash metal band Anthrax wrote.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich posted a message to the late AC/DC guitarist. "Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring."

Ozzie Osbourne tweeted, "So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend."

Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash described Young's passing as a "monumentally sad day in Rock n Roll," and called for a moment of silence in his memory.

"It is a sad day in rock and roll," Eddie Van Halen tweeted on Saturday morning. The Van Halen lead guitarist recalled touring with Young in the 1980s. "I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour."

Mötley Crüe songwriter and bassist Nikki Sizxx posted a message that Young's death is "a very sad loss for rock."

The front-man for Whitesnake, David Coverdale, offered thoughts and prayers to Young's family, friends and fans. "Truly Missed, Malcolm."

Joe Satriani, the guitarist who helped usher in the age of heavy metal shredding, posted a simple message. "R.I.P. Malcolm Young."


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