Lacey Holsworth, Inspiring Friend of Basketball Star Adreian Payne, Dies from Cancer

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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:

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