New York • Malcolm Young is taking a break from AC/DC to focus on his health, the band said.
The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in "ill health" was posted on the band's Facebook. No details were provided.
"Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the statement said.
AC/DC includes vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young, Malcolm Young's brother.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers said 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.