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AC/DC is finally breaking its silence about the future of the band and the health of guitarist Malcolm Young. 

In a message posted on their website Wednesday, the veteran Australian rockers confirmed that co-founder Young is indeed ill and "taking a break" from the band. 

AC/DC says it will continue however, despite the setback.  The message also shared Malcolm's thanks to the group's "diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support."  It also asked fans to respect Malcolm's privacy at this time, adding, "The band will continue to make music."  

The statement did not say what illness had set Malcolm back, although fellow musician and friend Mark Gable told an Australian radio station this week that it was "quite serious." 

The 61-year-old Young founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in Sydney, Australia in 1973.  His guitar-playing became a signature sound for AC/DC and helped the band become one of the biggest-selling rock bands in music history.  AC/DC's most recent studio album, Black Ice, was released in 2008.  

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