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Michigan State Spartans superfan Lacey Holsworth reportedly loses cancer battle


Lacey Holsworth, the inspirational and brave Michigan State Spartans superfan whose lengthy battle with neuroblastoma became a national news story after she was befriended by members of the Spartans basketball team, specifically Adreian Payne, reportedly passed away Tuesday night, according to a report from the Detroit Free-Press. She was eight years old.

A post to Holsworth’s Instagram page — who was lovingly called “Princess Lacey” — alerted those who have followed her battle to the heartbreaking news:

“Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory. She now dances among angels…. The world is a better place because you were in it. Our hearts are broken. We love you Doll. Dance all night… Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell and Luke #LoveLikeLacey”

Holsworth and Payne became fast friends after the Spartans basketball team paid a visit to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing about a year ago.

The two bonded so much and became so close that Lacey escorted Payne out to center court at Breslin Center during Spartans’ Senior Night this past season.

And when Michigan State won the Big Ten title last month, Lacey and Payne cut down part of the net together.

Lacey suffered a seizure a few weeks ago but was able to make the trip to New York City to watch the Spartans compete in the team’s Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games. She also attended the College Slam Dunk Contest in North Texas in which Payne competed in last week.

Rest in peace, Lacey. Thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones as they mourn the loss of their little brave angel.

[Sporting News]