Aretha Franklin (left) and Whitney Houston, in May 1989
Whitney Houston's death on Saturday
at age 48 came as a shock to fans around the world, and was particularly devastating to her godmother, Aretha Franklin
– who said she heard about the loss through a TV news report.
The Queen of Soul, 69, was enjoying a quiet night watching The Descendants
in a hotel room in Charlotte, N.C., when she heard the news.
"Maybe two minutes after I [turned off the movie], it came across the screen," Franklin, 69, told Al Roker on Friday's Today show
. "I jumped up off the side of the bed ... I just said, 'Oh my God. That's not good.' "
Franklin, a longtime Houston family friend, said she was convinced Whitney was on the verge of a comeback
after seeing a clip from her last film Sparkle
Houston appeared "fresh, she looked healthy and she looked gorgeous," according to Franklin. "And I thought, yes, she has conquered her challenges and was on the way."
Regarding Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown
, Franklin said he needs "to step up to the plate and be responsible" in caring for the couple's daughter, Bobbi Kristina
In the end, Franklin told Roker, she hopes her goddaughter will be remembered for her vocal legacies and not the strange behavior
she exhibited in recent years.
"She was having her problems, she was having her challenges, but a lot of people have challenges of all kinds," said Franklin, who plans to sing at Houston's funeral
Saturday in Newark, N.J. "You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can't just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn't come off the way you thought it should come off."
"She left home with all the right things," Franklin said. "She just kind of lost her way along the way somewhere."
The Associated Press will stream Whitney Houston's private funeral service Saturday on its Livestream site
, which will be available on PEOPLE.com.