Ac/Dc guitarist Malcolm Young has ended days of speculation by confirming he is taking a break from the band due to ill health. The Back In Black hitmakers were thrust into the spotlight this week (beg13Apr14) when reports emerged suggesting they were planning to announce their retirement due to the failing health of one of the bandmembers. Frontman Brian Johnson silenced rumours of an impending split by insisting the band still plans to hit the studio in May (14) to record new material, and now the group has confirmed Young will stand down to focus on his health battle. A statement from AC/DC reads, "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. "In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music." No details about Young's illness have been confirmed. Johnson has said of his colleague's health crisis, "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."