Angus Young’s Heartbreaking Confession About Malcolm Young’s Passing

In the world of rock and roll, few sibling duos have left a strong impact as Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC. For decades, their music and harmony have become an anthem for generations of fans. However, behind their success story lies an emotional tale of brotherhood and loss.

Malcolm had been battling dementia for years when he passed away at 64 in 2017. He had already left AC/DC three years before to focus on his health. In a 2020 interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Angus opened up about how his brother’s illness process and death affected him with a heartfelt confession, saying:

“I think the hardest part was not so much in parting because that was a kind of end, you know – the relief. The decline, that’s the hard part, because you knew him, and then to see that was gone.”

The guitarist continued, recalling his memories of Malcolm:

“Even to the end… if I was there, from here to here, he had a big smile. And I think that was probably… for me, that always gave me a kind of joy, even though he was in that state. That was always the joy of it. [He] always got a great kick if I played him guitar. He would try to tap his foot. But he always knew I was there. I was with him toward the end.”

Right after his late brother’s diagnosis, Angus joined an interview with Guitar World and discussed how his condition changed Malcolm’s true self, reflecting on its emotional toll on all the family members:

“With the condition itself, you know it’s not him. I know his wife kind of feels that way. It’s like she’s lost her husband.”

As Angus revealed before, Malcolm had always remained dedicated to the band even while struggling with health problems. The late musician also inspired his brother to carry on the legacy they built together. So his encouragement was influential in Angus’ decision to continue playing music with AC/DC after Malcolm’s passing.