AC/DC’s Malcolm Young struggled since 2008 with dementia 26



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In tragic news that was revealed today, one of Australia’s most well known rock music legends, Angus Young has revealed that his brother, of equal music fame and greatness battled with dementia since 2008. And this is the real reason Malcolm has retired from the band and been replaced by his nephew.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Angus Young said he first noticed something was wrong when they were recording their last album, Black Ice, in 2008, a record that shot to the top of the charts in 31 countries.

Talking to ABC, Angus Young sadly recounted the last few years and being alongside his brother while battling the disease.

He has said,

“When we were writing songs together, me and him, then, it was noticeable, Malcolm was always very organised (so) it was kind of strange.”

“For the first time I’d seen him disorganised, being confused about a lot of things. That’s when it kind of, you know, hit me. Something was not right with him.” Angus said he spoke to Malcolm, telling him he did not need to keep going if he did not feel up to it.

“And he said ‘no I’ll keep going, you know, until I can’t’,” he said, adding that eventually his brother could no longer remember his own songs.

Malcolm is believed to be in a nursing facility in Sydney after so long of battling this illness. We’ve documented his disheartening departure from the band here at Starts at 60 however until now, the true reasons weren’t ever revealed other than media statements saying he is “ill” or “unwell”.

Anyone who has loved ones dealing with dementia will know just how hard, heartbreaking and draining it is, so let this serve as a reminder to everyone that by living a well-balanced, healthy life, we can decrease our own risk.

Does this news sadden you? Has dementia touched your life in some way? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. I watched an interview on ABC last night with Angus Young , it is a very sad situation, Malcolm is such a young man to have dementia. Good on ACDC for keeping the group going under these circumstances

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  2. Father in law is our latest victim. Cruel & insidious disease. HAS to live in nursing home now. Far too much for his wife to cope with. Even with my help. Reasonably settled now most of the time. Shocking & distressing for him & us

  3. Not sure about the comment living a healthy well balanced life can decrease the risk.My sister diagnosed 31/2 yrs ago was always super healthy,exercised everyday ran a big business ate healthy took loads of vitamins.Now in care,her decline is a hundred miles an hour.

  4. my mother had Alzheimer’s for many years and went from a very bright woman to someone who never knew anyone and couldn’t talk but just made noises.IT was hard to watch and very hard to deal with.

  5. Cruel disease my mother had it for quite a few years before going into a nursing home towards the end she didn’t know who I was she thought I was one of her sisters

  6. It’s horrible. My mother had it, also four of her siblings, three aunts and an uncle. And yes you do lose them as and when it sets in.

  7. I had several friends who had dementia,they’ve all passed on now,it’s soul destroying to see people who were bright n talented ( one was a classical musician ) disappear in front of you. Grieving for someone who is still alive is awful!!!

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