Their 8-year-old little girl, who became known as Michigan State University's biggest super fan, passed away late Tuesday from neuroblastoma, a cancer that begins in immature nerve cells, in their home, according to ESPN.
Her father, Matt Holsworth told the Associated Press that Lacey died "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms," the network reported.
"Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory," her family wrote on her Instagram page. "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... Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell, and Luke #LoveLikeLacey."
Lacey captured the heart of MSU player Adreian Payne who referred to her as his sister, with the duo calling and texting each other often...and then she brought smiles to the whole team. When MSU won the Big Ten conference last month, he put her up on his shoulders so she could cut the net. And just a couple of weeks ago, she and her family were in the stands for the team's last game against UConn in the Elite 8.
"Words can't express how much I already miss Lacey. She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life," Payne said on Instagram today. "She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I'm a better man because of her. She said she first liked me because of my smile, but it's her smile that made America fall in love with her. I know she's smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel."
We're sending our thoughts and prayers to her family.
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