Adam Levine speaks about the tragic death of his manager and friend Jordan Feldstein in a candid new interview with Variety.
The 39-year-old admits he misses Feldstein, who was found dead at his home in Beverly Hills aged 40 in Dec. 2017, every day.
A coroner’s report revealed the manager, who was the older brother of Jonah Hill, died of a pulmonary thromboembolism.
The Maroon 5 frontman has since called on Irving Azoff (Feldstein’s business partner) to help with the band, along with Adam “Ash” Harrison, who is now co-manager along with Levine himself.
The musician says of the unexpected death: “It was a tragedy foisted upon us and far and away one of the saddest moments of our lives, and personally of mine. This is a kid I’ve known since we were in diapers. He was one of the most important people in my life from a very early age.”
After the tragedy, Levine restructured his management: “It was brutal. When that all went down, I remember having to dig deep and say to myself, ‘Am I just going to let this fall apart, or am I going to try and hold this thing together?’
“In chaotic situations that are so horrific and so gut-wrenching, you have to kind of show up, you know? Take the reins cautiously but still optimistically. Take control without having too much to deal with. I thought to myself, How do I make this all work again? I know that he would have wanted me to hold it together.”
Despite his friend’s absence, Levine confesses he thinks of him often: “Every day. It will always be something that’s missing in my life. I break down; I cry. We built this together, and it will never be complete without him. But at the same time, we know he wants us to keep trucking.”
Feldstein’s death was deemed “natural” despite multiple uses of nitrous oxide Whip-It canisters reportedly being found in his room. Additional “significant” factors are said to have included acute bronchopneumonia and obesity.