Malcolm Young's family confirm dementia diagnosis

Malcolm Young's family have confirmed the AC/DC guitarist is suffering from dementia and have appealed for privacy

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Malcolm Young's family have confirmed the AC/DC guitarist is suffering from dementia.

The 61-year-old founding member of the rock band - whose retirement was announced last Wednesday (24.09.14) - has been stricken with the incurable brain condition and his loved ones have appealed for privacy.

His family said in a statement to People: "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."

It was claimed last week that Malcolm had been diagnosed with dementia and admitted to Lulworth House, a full-time care home in Sydney.

The rocker's wife, Linda, is believed to have made the decision to move him after the care he needed at home became too difficult.

A statement released by AC/DC's labels, Albert Music and Sony confirmed Malcolm's departure from the band.

It read: "Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm's illness, he will not be rejoining the band."

Meanwhile, the labels also confirmed that Malcolm's nephew, Stevie Young, would replace him as rhythm guitarist and that the rock band would be touring next year.

The statement read: "AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will accompany the band on tour."

AC/DC

'For Those About to Rock we Salute You' … The world's greatest rock band, with an envious back catalogue featuring 'Back in Black', 'Highway to Hell' and the booming 'Thunderstruck', are 'Rock or Bust' on their latest world tour. Currently featuring Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) on vocals.

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