AC/DC news broke this week with false rumors that the Australian rock band was retiring.
The band took to its Facebook page
Wednesday to deny the retirement rumors and announce that 61-year-old guitarist Malcolm Young would be taking a break in order to focus on his health.
"After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the statement read. "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support."
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"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time," the group added. "The band will continue to make music."
Though Young's exact illness was not disclosed, one of the guitarist's friends told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
that he doubted the rocker would ever record again.
"It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious," Mark Gable, frontman of Australian band The Choirboys, said, according to The Associated Press
. "He will probably not be able to record."
The rumor of AC/DC's premature retirement reportedly started with an email to an Australian radio show from a person who goes by the name Thunderstruck, USA Today reported
''My information is that Malcolm Young has moved himself and his family back to Australia, he's very very ill and that AC/DC may well be history,'' Thunderstruck's email read. ''I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family."
AC/DC presently consists of vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams, and guitarist Angus Young, Malcolm Young's brother.
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