Young Cancer Patient, Spartans Fan Dies

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Lacey with Net

A young girl battling cancer had formed a special bond with the Michigan State basketball team and Adreian Payne. She was known to many as “Princess Lacey” and instantly became a part of the team when she met Payne a couple years ago. The 8-year-old lost her fight to neuroblastoma and passed away Wednesday night.

Payne recently told the media that Lacey was a big part of his life and he visited her in the hospital frequently. During the Spartans’ senior night, Lacey became famous when Payne carried her around on his shoulders and she got to cut down the net following the team’s Big Ten Tournament win. She even got a hat, just like the rest of the team and attended the College Slam Dunk Contest with her pal.

She has over 25,000 followers on Twitter and a family member tweeted a sweet message to let her fans and followers know that she is now at peace, dancing with angels.

Payne has yet to take his feelings to social media but I’m sure we can expect a genuine message from him soon.

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