Cancer-stricken girl, 8, who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne has died

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FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, right, hoists the net with Lacey Holsworth, who is battling cancer, after Michigan State defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. The father of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne says his daughter has died. Matt Holsworth says Lacey Holsworth died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday, April 8, 2014 "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

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In a statement, Izzo said: "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. ... At just eight years old, she has given us all a lifetime of memories."

Lacey is survived by her parents, Matt and Heather Holsworth, and three brothers: Will, Mitchell and Luke. A memorial service is planned for April 17 at Breslin Center, Michigan State's arena in East Lansing.

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