October 1, 2014 9:46 am
Updated: October 1, 2014 10:14 am

Family confirms AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has dementia

An undated photo of AC/DC, including Malcolm Young (far right).

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TORONTO — The family of former AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed he is being treated for dementia.

“Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy,” read a statement.

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The 61-year-old’s health has been the subject of speculation since April when Australian blogger Darryl Mason claimed Young had suffered a stroke that left him unable to play.

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Last month, AC/DC announced Young was officially out of the band. “Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band,” read a statement.

Young was a founding member of AC/DC four decades ago.

AC/DC said Young’s nephew Stevie Young played guitar on the band’s new album Rock or Bust, which was recorded in Vancouver and will be released Dec. 2.

The band plans to head out on a world tour next year.

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