Before his death this past May, Chris Cornell donated a guitar strap to watch company Nixon for the brand’s Rock LTD Collection, which makes watches out of musicians’ personal items. A portion of the proceeds from the new line will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares MAP Fund, a charity for addiction recovery treatment.
“Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day,” says Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. “MusiCares is a crucial organisation and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.”
The 52-year-old, who struggled with substance abuse throughout his life, worked closely with MusiCares before his death. In 2007, he was honoured with the MAP Fund‘s Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his efforts in helping others battle addiction.
Other artists donating items for the new Rock LTD Collection include Elton, Iggy Pop, and Dave Grohl.
The Cornell watch will be auctioned off at a MusiCares benefit event in May 2018, while the rest of the collection will be available in time for the holidays this year.