Grieving friends and family of the late Malcolm Young have farewelled the legendary Australian guitarist at his funeral in Sydney.
The AC/DC co-founder, 64, died on Saturday with his family by his bedside, after a three-year battle with dementia.
Young’s casket was carried from St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney, where the funeral for the Australian music icon was held, as his brother Angus stood clutching his guitar.
Fellow rock stars, including Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson, Brian Johnson and ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, were there to mourn the passing of the man widely considered the best rhythm guitarist of all time.
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Grieving friends and family of the late Malcolm Young farewelled the legendary Australian guitarist in Sydney on Tuesday, with the funeral program reading: ‘In loving memory of Malcolm Mitchell Young’
Young’s brother Angus was seen carrying his guitar alongside Malcolm’s son Ross, as they lead the casket of his brother from St Mary’s Cathedral
Brian Johnson, the former lead singer of AC/DC, was present to farewell the music icon alongside his wife Brenda
The cathedral entrance was also lined with doting fans who wanted to pay their respects to the late superstar.
Rocker Jimmy Barnes attended with wife Jane, with the couple pictured consoling each other outside the cathedral.
Malcolm’s wife, Linda, and son Ross were pictured side-by-side as they left the funeral, with Ross wearing dark sunglasses.
AC/DC’s former lead singer Brian Johnson appeared inconsolable at the funeral alongside his wife Brenda, with the couple walking hand in hand as they left St Mary’s Cathedral.
Cliff Williams, who retired as AC/DC’s bassist in 2016, also joined his fellow bandmates in farewelling the legendary guitarist.
While Harry Vanda, who helped form the Easybeats with Malcolm’s older brother George Young, was also among the mourners.
Brian Johnson appeared emotional ahead of the service, shedding tears outside the cathedral
Sombre photos Tuesday morning showed Young’s casket being carried into St Mary’s Cathedral, where the funeral for the Australian music icon was held
Family and friends grieved outside the cathedral, with some clutching their hands to their faces
Guitar picks inscribed with the date of Young’s birth and death were given to mourners as they entered the church.
While Angus Young was pictured carrying his brother’s beloved black guitar – nicknamed ‘the beast’ – following the service.
Members of the Young family chose not to speak during the service, however a statement in the program thanked everyone for their ‘love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness’.
Although the singer’s life involved plenty of rock songs, a cathedral choir sung traditional tunes including Amazing Grace and The Lord is My Shepherd.
Following the service, the procession was led by the Scots College Pipes and Drums as it went down College Street.
Angus Young, the brother of Malcolm Young, carried his brother’s guitar ‘The Beast’ as he walked out of the cathedral
Jimmy Barnes was in attendance at the funeral with his wife Jane, with the pair clutching each others hands on the steps
Jimmy Barnes and his wife Jane were just some of those celebrating Malcolm Young’s life
Malcolm Young’s wife Linda (C) and son Ross Young (R) attend the funeral service but did not publicly speak
Ross Young, the son of Malcolm Young was consoled by friends and fellow musicians during the funeral for his father
Known for the powerhouse riffs that propelled the Australian group from pubs to global superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.
He was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.
‘Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,’ the statement read.
‘From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.
‘He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted,’ an ACDC statement said.
‘He took in great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.
‘He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.’
Ex AC/DC member Phil Rudd attended the funeral service for the band’s co-founder
Brian Johnson, a former lead singer of AC/DC, farewelled his late band member with wife Brenda , with the band’s bass player Cliff Williams seen behind (far left)
The cathedral entrance was also lined with doting fans who wished to pay their respects to the late musician
Malcolm Young’s guitar was carried into the church, with his brother Angus opting to bring it out following the service
Friends and family including former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson (middle) grieved the loss of the music icon outside the cathedral
Fellow music stars including Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson (right) were spotted reading the program to the late iconic artist
Promoter Michael Chugg was among those seen arriving for the funeral of AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young
Sony Music CEO Denis Handlin also attended the funeral service for AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young
Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young (pictured) died aged 64
Apart from a brief absence from AC/DC in 1988, Young was with the band from the beginning in November 1973 until his permanent retirement in 2014
Apart from a brief absence from AC/DC in 1988, Young was with the band from the beginning in November 1973 until his permanent retirement in 2014 because of health complications.
As one of eight children, Young was born in Glasgow in Scotland in 1953 but ten years later he immigrated to Australia before relocating the band to the UK in 1976.
Young was described as the ‘driving force’ of the band and was responsible for the band’s sound and music.
The hard rock band was so huge Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Angus Young, the brother of Malcolm Young, was seen outside Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral, with mourners given pics celebrating the life of his brother on them as part of the service
Angus Young, the brother of Malcolm Young, outside the Sydney cathedral, carrying his brother’s guitar
Brian Johnson (left), lead singer of AC/DC, celebrates Malcolm Young’s life with Harry Vanda (centre), who helped form the Easybeats with Malcolm’s older brother George Young
Young was known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom
AC/DC’s seventh studio album Back in Black was released in 1980 as a tribute to Bon Scott, the band’s original lead singer who died of alcohol poisoning.
The hit album sold 50 million copies, making it the second highest-selling album worldwide behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Again, their album The Razors Edge sold between 10 and 12 million copies and made it five times multi-platinum in America.
Their success didn’t end there with album Black Ice making it number one in 29 countries.
During the Blow Up Your Video World Tour, Young left to work on his drinking issue and eventually became sober and returned to AC/DC.
However, in 2014 Young was admitted into a nursing home to receive round the clock care.
Young leaves behind his wife O’Linda and two children.
‘He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted,’ ACDC statement said