8-year-old Michigan State fan who inspired Adreian Payne dies

The 8-year-old girl whose story and smile captured the hearts of millions of college basketball fans this March has died.

Lacey Holsworth, affectionately known as Princess Lacey, passed away after a battle with cancer, according to a post on the missprincesslacey Instagram account.

Lacey’s battle with neuroblastoma became national news this year after Michigan State basketball player Adreian Payne befriended the child and brought her on the court to celebrate during his Senior Night ceremony and as the Spartans advanced in the NCAA tournament.

“Just knowing that when I play well it makes her happy, it feels like I’m doing something in a way to help her feel better,” Payne said shortly before the NCAA tournament according to MLive.com.

 

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