An 8-year-old girl who formed a special bond with Michigan State basketball star Adrien Payne has died after losing her battle with cancer.

Lacey Holsworth, also known as “Princess Lacey”, became friends with Payne about two years ago when the MSU team visited her in the hospital.

 Lacey sat on the sidelines while MSU played in the NCAA Tournament and was also invited to Texas to help judge the slam dunk contest last week.

Her family posted this message on her Instagram page early Wednesday morning: “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.”

You can see Tom Izzo and Adrien Payne's reactions here and here .