ACDC Malcolm Young Germany 1992 31 Bernard Zuel of The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

It may be that dementia is claiming another giant, this time a musical one.

AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney’s eastern suburbs specializing in dementia, sources connected to the Young family have said.

The Young family connection said: “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.”

The first official word on what was assumed to be a serious and debilitating, but still undisclosed, illness, was in April when it was confirmed that Young would not be participating in the recording of the next AC/DC album, which will be called Rock Or Bust and is due out in November.

In his place during the recording sessions in a Vancouver studio has been his nephew, Steve.

In an announcement from the band’s management this week, it was revealed that Steve will join Angus Young, frontman Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd on stage when the band embarks on another massive world tour in 2015.

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.


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  1. Early onset am dementia is typical of many with lengthy and heavy alcohol use, did same to my mother. Just a fact, not preaching, but smoking has zero to do with it. I think he’s the core of one of the greatest bands ever, his music has given pleasure to millions and still does. But also feel and can image how his family is, not being recognized, anguish of friends, and all else related to the condition. Draining on all, hope thy find peace and will have a constant good thought for all.

  2. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, also called early-onset Alzheimer’s, or early-onset AD, is the term used for cases of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed before the age of 65. It is an uncommon form of Alzheimer’s, accounting for only 5-10% of all Alzheimer’s cases. Approximately 13% of the cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s are familial Alzheimer’s disease,[1] where a genetic predisposition leads to the disease. The other incidences of early onset Alzheimer’s, however, share the same traits as the ‘late onset’ form commonly referred to as “Alzheimer’s disease”, and little is understood about how it starts.

  3. Lengthy heavy alcohol supports early dementia which is rarely ever seen around 60 years old on the norm individual. My brother met him in Wyoming years ago and he was in a zombie like stupor. Alcohol eats you alive. Ask Alice.

  4. I am a memory care aide….I’m very, very sorry to hear about this tragedy….I took care of a top CEO of Chase bank until his death….he had alcohol dementia and it was very progressive in the last year of this man’s life. He was unpredictable and would get violent without any warning. He had a male caretaker at his home but it became evident that he needed to be in a facility. I was the only one who could shower this man and clean him up. He had beautiful teeth and was soooooo handsome and only 60…He drank Vodka heavily and constantly. He was a banker and had the looks to go with the money. I watched his son and wife and I saw the pain they felt seeing their loved one fade away. I know what dementia and alzheimers does to people and their families as well as the people who take care of them. Sometimes you see people come out of their fog the last 24 hours of life as if God gives them a chance to say their goodbyes to the people who love them…..Dementia and alzheimers have got to be cured, too many people are suffering and losing their loved ones….I hate these diseases!!!!!!!! Remember to donate to research for the cure ….We are all effected by these terrible diseases that destroy the brain…….Sheri

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