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Lacey Holsworth, the young cancer patient who befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne and served as an inspiration for the entire Spartans team this year, has passed away.

She was eight years old.

Holsworth met Payne after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two years ago.

She proceeded to become a fixture at his games, helping Payne cut down the net after Michigan State won the Big 10 Tournament last month and sitting courtside last week when he finished third in the college slam dunk contest.

"Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory," reads a post from her official Twitter account this morning, confiring the sad news. "She now dances among angels."

Watch the following video for more on Payne and Lacey's bond and prepare to cry:

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

The Michigan State Spartans take on the Virginia Cavaliers tonight in the NCAA Tournament, as the teams via for a spot in the Elite 8.

But no matter the outcome, MSU senior Adreian Payne is already a winner.

The power forward befriended a young cancer patient named Lacey Holsworth two years ago when the team visit a local children’s hospital in Lansing - and now their story has gone viral.

Lacey, 8, suffers from neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerves, and she regained the ability to walk just as Payne was honored on Senior Night a few weeks ago.

She also helped the star cut down the nets when Michigan State won the Big 10 Tournament this month and has become a mainstay by Payne's side wherever he goes.

Learn more about this touching story now... and go State!

Among other recent, emotional celebrity interactions with kids suffering from this disease:

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