Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen and Paul Stanley among the rockers taking to Twitter to praise AC/DC co-founder.
Young died peacefully at his home on Saturday morning following a long battle with dementia. His family surrounded his bedside.
Young founded AC/DC with his brother, Angus Young, in 1973. The slew of monster hits produced by the band include "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck" and "Hells Bells."
AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2014, Young was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, after his health began to deteriorate.
Young is survived by his wife, Linda, their two children, Cara and Ross, and their three grandchildren.
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) November 18, 2017
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon." - Joe— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
Sad news about Malcolm Young. Dementia is such a horrible disease. pic.twitter.com/hpjrlffVLX— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs...
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
Wow...just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad...one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves...) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans...Great Guy ...A Pleasure To Know...Truly Missed, Malcolm...XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
It’s sad to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing. He was the heart, soul, & velvet hammer of AC/DC. We’ll definitely miss him. pic.twitter.com/L7hWurwqH2— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) November 18, 2017
This is the sound that made me want to pick up my first guitar. RIP to one of the most under-appreciated rock legends of all time, Malcolm Young. pic.twitter.com/X2c0tDtcjT— Kelen Keller (@KelenKeller38) November 18, 2017