Miss Princess Lacey has passed away.
The 8-year-old girl gained internet fame a few years ago as she befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne. Lacey, who lost her battle with cancer this week, was able to watch her favorite team play in the NCAA tournament before she passed away.
Her parents shared the news on Instagram, writing: “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”
Princess Lacey was MSU’s biggest fan and she had a pretty big impact on the program.
Head Coach Tom Izzo released a statement after her passing, saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holsworth family today. Princess Lacey has taught us all an incredible lesson about love, strength, and toughness. We can all learn from her on how to handle adversity with class and dignity. She has become an inspiration to our team, our families, our university, and, most recently, our entire nation. At just eight years old, she has given us all a lifetime of memories. We are all saddened today, but we are all better people for having known Lacey. Her smile and passion for life will live in the hearts of everyone she has touched across our country.”
Izzo wasn’t the only one touched by Lacey’s sideline presence.
— Bo Pelini (@BoPelini) April 9, 2014
RIP Lacey Holsworth. A beautiful soul, whose strength and courage touched and inspired us all. Heartbreaking.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) April 9, 2014
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 9, 2014
"She is such a huge part of my life. And she grew to be part of my family." – Adreian Payne
RIP, Princess Lacey: https://t.co/znUlRQ2ioa
— ESPN (@espn) April 9, 2014
We're deeply saddened to hear the news of @adorablelacey's passing. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this time.
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) April 9, 2014