It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert "RZ" Zildjian, our beloved founder and leader. A tireless and dynamic force within the drum industry, he inspired each one of us in the Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther, to make a difference - and he led us by example.

His professional story is well known. Having been dealt a major career setback at an age where most men would have opted for retirement, RZ instead chose to re-invent the cymbal business with his own hand-crafted brand, a brand that would forever change the face and sound of popular music. With his bare hands he shaped the Sabian cymbal brand into his life's story - and by extension we became his family.

We mourn his passing, and he will be forever in our hearts. But we are better people for having known RZ, and we are richer for having worked alongside him. We draw comfort from the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the music made by drummers the world over.

Rest in peace, RZ.

Rest in peace Robert, I love your brand, and will keep playing Sabian until it's my turn to go. - Bretton Melanson
I am honored to play Sabian cymbals, endorsed or not. Rest in peace RZ. - Simen Naess
What an amazing legacy! I am honored to have played a piece of it. Bless your family. - Chris Sowerby-Thomas
Big thank you to Mr. Robert Zildjian for all you have done for the drumming community. You will forever be remembered. Rest in paradise good sir. You have earned your wings. To the family of Mr. Robert Zildjian I send my condolences. - Kenneth E. Faulcon Jr.
My deepest and most sincere condolences to Mr. Robert Zildjian family and the entire staff at Sabian. Rest in peace Robert, your legacy surely will continue on. - Jorge Ginorio-(Sabian Artist/Educator).
It's sad to hear of his passing...he truly was one of the last great men at his art. And changed my life when I bought my first Sabian 16 years ago. My heart is with his family as they have lost a great man - Austin Grasty
The Drum Community will always be grateful for what you have given us-Thank you - joshua
I had the privilege to meet this wonderfull and hard working man when I was invited to do a report at the Sabain factory for Batteur Magazine. The brand was still young at that time, but Robert Zildjian had a great background, and a great team to work with, and a wonderfull family to support his new departure. I am still enjoying my Sabian cymbals, the one I purchased when they were produced in the begining of the 80's. Sure I will think of this very sweet man when I play them. My condolence to the Zildjian family. Repose en paix Bob. - Christophe Rossi
this guy was sick - matthias
What a great man and an amazing legacy. The Sabian cymbal company is truely something else. The world will be a lesser place without him. Please, rest in peace RZ. - Aaron Munoz