updated 02/17/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/17/2012 AT 11:15 AM ET
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.’ ”