BREAKING Paul Matters dead: AC/DC guitarist, who was fired by band, dies

AC/DC guitarist Paul Matters has died, it has been announced.

His death was confirmed by friend Rod Wescombe in a statement posted to Facebook.

Wescombe said: ""Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.

"I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in "Armageddon" at a gig in Hamilton, Newcastle N.S.W.

"When I was living in Toronto he would drop into the house in the late hours to party and he loved to party.

"In late '75 after he departed AC/DC we played together in a one off band called 'Miss Australia Band' at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie."

"I moved to Sunshine on the lake further south and Paul would drop in to chill whenever he was in the area.

"I recall he could always make me laugh when he was in the mood."

Matters joined AC/DC in 1975 after the rock band released their High Voltage album – replacing original bassist Larry Van Kriedt.

However, his time in the group was short lived after he was sacked by lead singer Bon Scott.

He was replaced by Mark Evans.

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Despite leaving on rocky terms, Matters only gave one interview since he split with AC/DC.

Speaking in 2017 about leaving the band, Matters said: "Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me I wasn't going back to Melbourne with them.

"We were up in Sydney doing a concert for school kids. So I didn't play that day.

"I just turned around and didn't say a word to him. I turned around and walked out."

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