Sick Girl, 8, Dies After Befriending College Basketball Star Adreian Payne

Wed, April 9, 2014 5:31pm EST by 6 Comments

Lacey Holsworth, 8, was a huge college basketball fan. Her favorite player was Adreian Payne of the Michigan State Spartans, who she met after he visited her in the hospital over two years ago. Sadly, Lacey lost her cancer battle with neuroblastoma on April 8. Now, the Spartans player is heartbroken that he lost a girl he once called his ‘little sister.’

Michigan State Spartans player Adreian Payne, 23, has suffered a heartbreaking loss. His biggest fan, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, lost her cancer battle on April 9. The pair reportedly text messaged each other “every day” after meeting at a Detroit, Michigan childrens hospital in March.

College Basketball Fan Lacey Holsworth Dies

Sad news for a family in Michigan.

Lacey, also known as “Princess Lacey” to those who knew her, lost her battle with neuroblastoma on April 8 in her family home in St. Johns, Mich.

The little girl suffered from the vicious cancer, which is a tumor that develops from nerve tissue in infants and children.

Lacey Holsworth: Adreian Payne & MSU’s Emotional Tribute To Fan

Lacey was best known for her unusual friendship with college basketball star Adreian Payne, a player for the Michigan State Spartans.

“Please don’t let her love and smile fade,” Adreian told the Associated Press in a text message after news of Lacey’s death broke.

Lacey & Adreian Met In The Childrens Hospital

Lacey was a huge college basketball fan, and of course the Spartans were her favorite team. She met Adreian when the team paid a visit to the childrens hospital she was staying in when she was just 6-years-old. They have been friends ever since.

In fact, the two text messaged each other almost every day for two years. Adreian became a close part of Lacey’s life, and even attended her birthday parties.

“Forever my brother. Forever my team.” Lacey captioned a photo of herself with Adreian at a Spartans game on Instagram.

So sad. Our thoughts are with Lacey’s family and Adreian at this time.

– Lauren Cox

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Posted at 4:07 AM on April 11, 2014  

My sincere condolences to the family of this little girl, and to Adriean, you are a beautiful man, thank God that he has blessed you with wo much beauty and love in your heart. Take care and know that soon you will meet someone who will hold you very close in heart and love you so so so much.

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Posted at 10:35 AM on April 10, 2014  

It was so sweet that Adreian was able to to extend himself for this little girl after suffering the loss of his own Mom and Grandmother at his age. What a wonderful man.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 4:02 AM on April 10, 2014  

some things happen, so sorry.

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Sue z

Posted at 9:44 PM on April 9, 2014  

Such a cute child. R.I.P.

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