Percussion icon and founder of Sabian Cymbals, Robert Zildjian, has died at the age of 89. The Boston born businessman succumbed after a battle with cancer on March 28, and is survived by his wife, three children and eight grandchildren.
Robert Zildjian formed Sabian cymbals after a family feud resulted in the businessman leaving yet another legendary cymbal company, Zildjian. Family tradition dictated that the secrets of the Zildjian cymbal company would be passed down only to the oldest son, but Avedis Zildjian III offered the sacred information to both Robert and his younger brother Armand, eventually leading to a rift which broke the brothers apart, leaving them as competitors.
A memorial guestbook has been posted on Sabian’s official website, but to due the massive outpouring of mourners, the site’s server has been struggling to keep up, but if you’d like to pay tribute to RZ, be sure to commit your name to the digital guestbook.