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Ailing Malcolm Young Taking a Break from AC/DC

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    Australian rock band AC/DC with singer Brian Johnson, left, and guitar player Malcolm Young, 2nd left, perform on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 17, 2003.

    Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health.

    The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in "ill health" was posted on the band's Facebook page Wednesday. No details were provided.

    The statement said: "Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support."

    AC/DC includes vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young, Malcolm Young's brother.

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    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers also say in the statement they "will continue to make music." AC/DC's last studio album was 2008's "Black Ice." They released a live disc in 2012.

    Young co-founded the Australian classic rock band. He has performed with AC/DC for 40 years.