Published Sep 26, 2014Legendary Australian rockers AC/DC announced earlier this week that they would be returning with the new record Rock or Bust but would not be joined by founding guitarist Malcolm Young. Sadly, details have now emerged on Young's departure with the news that the musician is reportedly suffering from dementia.
It has long been known that Young was dealing with health issues, but this morning (September 25), the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he has been moved to a full-time care facility that specializes in treating patients with dementia.
A source connected to the family told the Herald the following: "If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care."
UPDATE: Young's family has now confirmed the musician is indeed suffering from dementia, writing in a statement to People: "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."
As previously reported, the band will continue without Young and are slated to release Rock or Bust on December 2 via Columbia. You can listen to a teaser for new track "Play Ball" below.