AC/DC have lost a major part of their family as George Young, the older brother of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, has passed away.
In a statement the band says, "It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance, there would not have been an AC/DC. As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts."
George produced some of the early AC/DC albums, including Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T., Powerage and High Voltage. He was also a member of the Australian band The Easybeats, known for their hit "Friday on My Mind," which peaked at number-16 on the Billboard chart in 1967.
George died yesterday (Sunday) at the age of 70.