Adam Levine Remembers Prince: 'I Was Lucky to Call Him a Friend'

"He never let anybody deter what he wanted to accomplish creatively and musically," Levine tells PEOPLE

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brightcove.createExperiences(); He’s had late-night jam sessions with Prince at his house and covered the legend‘s songs over the years, and now Adam Levine is opening up about the impact the late singer had on his life.

“[I’ll remember] just the great times that we had and just constantly being inspired by how he did things his way [and] never let anybody deter what he wanted to accomplish creatively and musically,” Levine told PEOPLE at a Voice event benefitting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Thursday. “As a musician, I can’t tell you how much that’s rubbed off on me.”

The star was “lucky to call him a friend,” he added. “[I] didn’t get to see him enough, you know, especially towards the end.”

Now, Levine is “still kind of processing everything” as he reflects on the star’s legacy. “I’m still really shocked . . . I’m gonna miss the guy so much,” he said.

Fellow coach Christina Aguilera also echoed Levine’s sentiments, saying there “was no plastic or manufacturing” when it came to the singer’s life and work. “It’s sad that we lost somebody so epic. His talent was so genuine and authentic,” she told PEOPLE. “I think that’s a lesson and a great inspiration for every future artist of any generation.”

Added Pharrell Williams: “It’s just really hard to imagine that someone only on this planet 57 years could just have that kind of emotional intelligence and depth in his music the way that he did. It’s so much music and so layered and so many styles. It’s heavy and I feel like now that we’ve lost him, there’s a hole in the ether.”

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator Thursday morning after sheriff’s deputies received a call for medical help from his Paisley Park Studios home outside Minneapolis. He was pronounced dead less than 25 minutes later.

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