According to an Instagram post made by her parents early Wednesday morning, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth has lost her courageous battle with cancer and passed away. 

The text attached to the Instagram photo reads:

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

Lacey was a huge fan of Michigan State basketball and first met Spartans' star Adreian Payne during a hospital visit two years ago. The two remained close friend ever since. Lacey was Payne's on-floor guest at MSU's Senior Night ceremonies last month and was also his good luck charm during his, now famous, appearance in the college dunk contest a couple of weeks ago.

This is not your usual story of an athlete doing his duty by visiting a hospital...these two were truly great friends.

R.I.P. Princess Lacey.


Here is Michigan State coach Tom Izzo speaking at a campus vigil in honor of Lacey. Man, powerful moment. Is someone cutting onions in here?