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8-Year-Old Lacey Holsworth, Best Friends With MSU’s Adreian Payne, Dies

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Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl who battled cancer and became friends with Michigan State University basketball star Adreian Payne, has died, according to posts on Lacey’s social media accounts.

 

The cancer-stricken girl befriended Payne when he visited the hospital while she was staying there two years ago.

When it was Adreian Payne’s turn to be honored during the Spartans’ Senior Night ceremony last month, he carried Holsworth around the court.

“She was tired that day,” Payne said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I just figured I’d pick her up instead of having her walk.”

He scooped her up again, taking her toward the top of a ladder as Michigan State celebrated winning the Big Ten tournament by cutting down the nets in Indianapolis, and he included her in his shot at the college dunk contest.

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