Malcolm Young died aged sixty-four on 18th November 2017 at Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia. His funeral was held at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia on 28th November 2017.
During April of 2014, Malcolm Young had become seriously ill and was unable to continue performing. On 16th April 2014, AC/DC released a note stating that Malcolm Young would be "taking a break from the band AC/DC due to ill health".
However, on 26th September 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Malcolm Young had dementia and had been admitted to a nursing home where he could receive full-time care.
At the end of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour, Malcolm had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He also had a heart problem and wore a pacemaker.
Malcolm Young was twenty years old when he and younger brother Angus formed AC/DC in 1973. Angus was on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar and Dave Evans on vocals. "Can I Sit Next To You Girl," their first single, was later re-recorded with Bon Scott as their vocalist. They decided upon the name AC/DC after seeing the letters "AC/DC" on the back of their sister Margaret's sewing machine. In 1975 AC/DC moved to Melbourne.
In early 1977 they returned to Britain and began a European tour with Black Sabbath. While Bon Scott and Ozzy Osbourne quickly became friends, relations were less than cordial between the other members of the respective bands. In one incident, Geezer Butler pulled a knife on Malcolm Young.
Towards the end of 1977, bassist Mark Evans was fired; purportedly to find someone who could sing backup vocals. Evans described disagreement with Angus and Malcolm as a contributing factor. He was replaced by Cliff Williams.
In 1988, Malcolm Young missed the majority of AC/DC's Blow Up Your Video World Tour to address alcohol abuse issues. He eventually became sober and returned to the band. During his absence he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young.