03/29/2013 01:15 EDT | Updated 05/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Robert Zildjian, Sabian Cymbals founder, dies at 89

The founder of Sabian Cymbals, the New Brunswick company that supplies cymbals for drummers around the world, has died.

Robert “RZ” Zildjian died on Thursday. He was 89.

“A tireless and dynamic force, 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,” wrote the company on its Facebook page.

“We draw comfort from the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the music made by artists the world over.”

Zildjian founded Sabian Cymbals in Meductic in 1981 after a legal battle with his brother over inheritance of the Zildjian family business.

The two companies remain competitors and world leaders in the cymbal business.

Sabian cymbals are still made in the southern New Brunswick town where the Zildjian company once had its production line.

Keeping production in Canada was one factor in the split between the Zildjian brothers.

Zildjian named the new company after the two first letters of the names of his children Sally, Bill and Andy.

Fans of his cymbals include Phil Collins, Neil Peart of Rush and Keith Harris of the Black Eyed Peas.

Sabian's current president is Zildjian's son Andy.