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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19: The statue of Bon Scott is seen on the 30th anniversary of AC/DC's former frontman's death, at Fremantle on February 19, 2010 in Perth, Australia. Scott died at the age of 33 in London from alcohol poisoning and was found in his car, where he initially fell asleep. AC/DC are currently touring Australia with their "Black Ice" tour, their first tour here since 2001. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

A highly anticipated new biography about the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is being hammered by friends of the singer in Australia.

The site Noise11 reports that author Jesse Fink‘s Bon: The Last Highway, is particularly wrong about its assertion that Scott was planning to leave AC/DC at the time of his death in 1980 at the age of 33 and told the band of his plans already.

The site reports that “friends of Bon tell Noise11 that that is rubbish. Bon was with friends in Australia three weeks before he died and told them that the band was preparing their next album and that if it didn’t work that might be the end of the band, but we are told there was no suggestion Bon was ever planning on leaving on his own accord.”

The site also writes that Fink’s assertion Scott died of a heroin overdose rather than acute alcohol poisoning is “unsubstantiated.”

Scott was quickly replaced in AC/DC by Brian Johnson, who fronted the band for the subsequent breakthrough Back In Black album — which includes some lyrics penned by Scott but not credited to him when the album came out.


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