Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Adreian Payne's little friend, Lacey Holsworth, succumbs to cancer: Report

Lacey Holsworth, the little blonde girl who became friends with Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne while battling cancer, died early Wednesday.

Princess Lacey was 8 years old.

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

Holsworth met Payne after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma and during a hospital stay two years ago, at which point the two became close and fixtures in each other's lives.

She participated in the Spartans' Senior Day activities last month and accompanied him throughout the team's run to the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament in Dallas just last week. She watched Payne finish third in the slam dunk contest.

Although bittersweet, Payne made the little girl's final days something special.

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