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RZ Zildjian

Cymbal Honcho Dies at 89

3/28/2013 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Robert 'RZ' Zildjian -- the guy who founded the Sabian cymbal company -- died today at the age of 89 ... TMZ has learned.

Zildjian was a titan in the music world -- and was credited with re-inventing the cymbal industry after leaving the business started by his family, the Zildjian cymbal company.

According to reports, Zildjian singlehandedly grew Sabian into the 2nd largest cymbal company in the world ... only placing behind his family's business, which he helped run for years.

Basically, if you've ever played the drums ... or know someone who has ... or have ever seen a live band perform ... there's a damn good chance you've heard Robert's work.

R.I.P.

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Frankenpussy    

RIP

574 days ago
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anony    

One Zildjian brother broke from the family and started Sabian.
It's just like Adidas and Puma.

574 days ago
3.

Los Pepes    

Neil Peart will send flowers

574 days ago
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grammaj    

He was 90 if you do the math. RIP

574 days ago
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574 days ago
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Ozzie X    

*re writes a new drum contract*

574 days ago
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braintrain    

....he's in gods band now. Rest in peace son.

574 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Great man, RIP Bob

574 days ago
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Most H8d     

I wonder if they'll use cymbals at his funeral

574 days ago
10.

zombie    

Rest in peace!

574 days ago
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CLINT    

I hear Keith Moon and John Bonham are in desperate need for some cymbals. Please bring them some. RIP

574 days ago
12.

HoTMZ    

What a talent...RIP.

574 days ago
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alfonzo smithstein    

RIP my Armenian brother.

574 days ago
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Ace    

Put a girl on a Sybian, nest to a Sabian, it gets loud.

574 days ago
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Adrian    

R.I.P.

574 days ago
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