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Confirmed: Former AC/DC Guitarist Malcom Young is Suffering from Dementia

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Malcolm YoungWhat was a depressing rumor less than a week ago is now a depressing fact. Founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is afflicted with dementia, his family has confirmed to People:

“Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy.”

It was previously reported that Young’s wife, Linda, has checked the guitarist into Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay (a suburb of Sydney), a nursing home facility which specializes in that illness.

As I said when the rumor first broke, this is horrible news; dementia is a life-shortening illness (Young is 61, not very old at all), and the emotional effects it can have on both the sufferer and his loved ones is often devastating. Just to give you some sense of how horrible this illness is: I once knew someone whose mother had dementia, and she would routinely forget who he was. Dementia is, in short, a heartbreaking nightmare. Really, the best you can hope for is that Malcolm Young is getting top-notch treatment, and won’t ever suffer more than he has to.

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