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    Default Retiring AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young admitted to full time care for dementia

    By Bianca Soldani and Sarah Sayers for Daily Mail Australia
    Published: 17:24 EST, 25 September 2014




    Newly retired AC/DC guitarist and founder Malcolm Young has called time on his illustrious career due to an ongoing battle with dementia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

    The musician, 61, confirmed his retirement due to an undisclosed illness on Wednesday, just before the release of the infamous group's newest album Rock Or Bust.
    A source close to the legend told the Australian newspaper on Friday that Young has been admitted to full time care at a facility in Sydney's Elizabeth Bay that is known for providing specialist treatment to suffers of the degenerative disease.
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    Retired: AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young has reportedly retired from the Australian band due to an ongoing battle with dementia

    The guitarist and songwriter's wife Linda has reportedly moved Young to Lulworth House, the eastern suburbs aged care facility that also housed former NSW premier Neville Wran until his death in April this year.


    It was only in August that the rocker's band members Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams, who have been recording together for the last 40 years, hinted that the band's rhythm guitarist was weighing up whether he should continue making music with the band.
    Although Young worked extensively on AC/DC's latest studio record, the group made it clear that he would not be touring or recording with them in the future.
    The Australian band's labels Albert Music and Sony confirmed rumours of Malcolm's departure earlier this week when they released a statement saying: 'unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm’s illness, he will not be rejoining the band.'

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    Specialist aged care facility: The 61-year-old musican has reportedly been moved to full time care at Lulworth House in Sydney's Elizabeth Bay


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    Arguably Australia's most iconic rock band: Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams have been creating music together for almost four decades

    Instead, Angus and Malcolm Young's nephew Steve Young, will be joining as rhythm guitarist.
    The band confirmed they will embark on a world tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band and promote Rock Or Bust, their 15th studio album, at an undisclosed date.
    With Young, the band's songwriter of 40 years, departure, brother Angus Young will be taking on wordsmith duties writing future songs.
    Due to be released on November 28, Rock Or Bust is and comes six years after the band's hugely successful album Black Ice.





    Farewell: On Wednesday the guitarist and songwriter announced his retirement due to an undisclosed illness





    Legend: Young was the backbone of the Australian band, and is best known for being it's co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter



    Retiring AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young 'admitted to full time care for dementia after pulling out from band's upcoming tour' | Daily Mail Online

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    Poor man. What a life he lived and being lost to dementia is just awful.
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    Damn that sucks. I love AC/DC, I'm glad I got a chance to see them twice on the Black Ice tour.
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    Rumours about this flying around for months now. Glad they've finally come clean and he's getting the care he needs.
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    I'm so sad for Malcolm and his family. I really did not see this coming. I kept thinking cancer, heart disease, etc. Ugh, I feel like I've been punched in the gut-such a smart and talented guy and too young for this.

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    oh that is so sad.

    when i worked at a facility on the dementia unit, some of the most 'demented' patients were sometimes the sweetest fricking things around. hug them, have dances, fiddle jiggy things. they are out there having a grand old time thinking they are young or something else 'demented'. i used to do the ladies nails. hand out ice cream to them and they would be so happy.

    yes there were times when things got rough. sundown was a difficult time. sometimes they would get very stressed and hallucinate, hear voices, etc. but if you approached them right... not from behind and looked them in the eye while smiling and speaking to them, they might calm down. or see satan in your face and hurl feces at you. shit happens sometimes.

    they regress back, back to babies... diapers, you take away their knives first, then their forks... then you have to use their spoons to feed them they can't wear their false teef anymore cuz they will pull them out so they are all gummy... then they need milk from the proverbial tubefeed tit. then they curl up in a ball and pass, i like to think none the wiser. they forgot what death was and their minds were quiet inside. at least having some peace even if for a short while.

    anyways, i'm sorry to hear this ac/dc was/is a decent hard rock band. i hope he transitions with the least possible anguish and has awesome support systems in place with friends family and care.

    i've been writing novels lately jeesh.
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    ^^That was interesting, though. My late Dad worked in senior homes for years and told similar stories. He loved the old folks, used to tape interviews with them while they could still remember a lot of stuff. Then he'd give the tapes to their relatives, after their family member had passed.

    So sad for poor Malcolm--61 is too young for this shit! Scary as well as heartbreaking. But very glad he's getting the care he needs.
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    I'm really surprised by this info, I haven't heard them in years and was wondering about him the other day. I worked in homes too and was caregiver for my Grandma with Alzheimer's for almost 15 years. When working it paid the worst but was the most rewarding job I ever had.

    Loved the people and the sense of humor brought out in caregivers, family and residents. Funny how attached to people one gets. It's terrible to watch and deal with the regression. They become completely dependent on you but teach caregivers and family a lot about compassion and love. There are some I will never forget because they said or did the funniest shit ever or their families would let you know how much you were appreciated. Caring for people with dementia is almost impossible unless they trust a person. The older ones with no living family were the hardest to erase from the mind when going home to be with own family. I once worked a group home of eight women with no family who were elderly and coming right out of the mental health ward, they basically were wards of the state. They were such vulnerable people.

    I hope Malcolm not only gets a cushy abode, but also loving staff to care for him. Way too young for this, no pun intended.
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    Makes me sad. Love this band. This has to be one of the saddest diseases to just lose everything about yourself.
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    This is just shit. Really really shit. My thoughts are with him and his loved ones who have to face this horrible living death.

    I'mma gonna go hit up Youtube and listen to some classics.
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    This really is sad. My heart goes out to Malcolm and his family and friends. My elderly mom is developing signs of dementia in her long battle with congestive heart failure. Watching her fade away is heartbreaking. I call it the long goodbye.

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    That is sad. Don't they say that the younger you are when get Alzheimer's or Dementia, that it is more severe?

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    Awwww, I feel for him and his family. So damn sad, it's such a horrible disease.
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    My Pop had alzheimers. It robbed him (and us) of his beautiful and brilliant mind. I remember the overwhelming sadness of speaking to him. The worst part is that he knew what was happening. In his lucid moments, he would tell us that he knew. My grandfather was in his mid 80's when they found out he had it and that's when he started having symptoms. Malcolm is way to young to have to go through this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie_Moffett View Post
    ^^That was interesting, though. My late Dad worked in senior homes for years and told similar stories. He loved the old folks, used to tape interviews with them while they could still remember a lot of stuff. Then he'd give the tapes to their relatives, after their family member had passed.
    Your dad did beautiful things.

    This is sad news. I hope Malcolm is cheerful and not terrified. I was a black-out drunk as a teen, it makes me think dementia would be a nightmare for me and I'd rather take the "easy" way out if that were my case. But with the brain, you never know which route it takes. I could deal with being a happy idiot.

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