From left to right: AC/DC band members Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson attend the Exclusive World Premiere Of AC/DC "Live At River Plate" Presented By DeLeon Tequila at the HMV Apolo on May 6, 2011 in London, England.
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April 16, 2014 5:52 PM EDT

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, 61, is taking some time off from the band due to concerns over his “ill health,” the band announced Wednesday via Facebook.

Malcolm Young, brother to AC/DC guitarist and wearer of trademark tie-with-schoolboy-shorts Angus Young, has been with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group since its founding 40 years ago.

“Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support,” the band said in the statement. “In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

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