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Stevie Wonder visits, Beyonce and Jay-Z dedicate tour stop to Aretha Franklin

Love and well wishes continue to pour in for Aretha Franklin as she receives hospice care at her Detroit home.

On Monday night, Beyonce and Jay-Z dedicated their “On the Run II” tour stop at Ford Field to the soul icon, who has been synonymous with the city throughout her 60-year career.

“We love you and thank you,” Beyonce said after the opening song.

On Tuesday afternoon, US Weekly reported that high-profile friends Stevie Wonder and Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Franklin’s home, as did her ex-husband, Glynn Turman, who was married to the 76-year-old powerhouse singer from 1978 to 1984.

The magazine also reported information from a source who said Franklin is responding to visitors and breathing on her own. 

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When news of Franklin’s dire health condition broke Sunday night, a parade of musicians, including Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott and Ciara took to social media to offer prayers.

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