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8-Year-Old MSU super fan ‘Princess Lacey’ dies of cancer

An 8-year-old basketball fan who captured the hearts of the Michigan State University Basketball team, has died as a result of her advanced cancer.

On Wednesday, Lacey Holsworths family announced the girl had succumbed to neuroblastoma, a cancer that begins in immature nerve cells.

The world is a better place because you were in it. Our hearts are broken. We love you Doll. Dance all night, read a part of the post.

An Instagram post featuring the girl nicknamed Princess Lacey showed her wearing her trademark long, blonde wig.

The 8-year-old had become the unofficial top fan for the Michigan State University basketball team after she struck an unlikely friendship with star MSU player Adreian Payne.

Theyre kind of like friends, brother or sister, Laceys father, Matt Holsworth, told ABC News in an earlier interview. Theyre very comfortable around each other and play games and or color. They have a bond thats special.

Holsworth said that Payne and Lacey would text each other and even took to calling each other brother and sister. When MSU won the Big Ten Conference last month, Payne hoisted up Lacey so she could help him cut down the net.

During the MSU run through the 2014 March Madness tournament, Lacey became almost an overnight sensation as a kind of unofficial mascot for the team. The family even traveled to New York for MSUs final game against University of Connecticut in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA championship tournament.

Its been great to open our eyes and see all the support not only from MSU and the community, but basically the whole nation, Holsworth told ABC News in an earlier interview. Were very grateful to be a part of that and happy to be a part of Adreians life.