Old News: AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder Malcolm Young Died... In 2017

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Old News: AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder Malcolm Young Died... In 2017

Did Malcom Young, the guitarist and co-founder of the band AC/DC, pass away? Yes he did... in 2017. News of his death went viral again in 2018 around the one-year anniversary of his passing. He is indeed dead but it is old news.

The story being shared around widely again is an article published on November 18, 2017 titled "Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64" (archived here) which opened:

Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they would not have seen any indication it happened last year:

Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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