Best friend of Michigan State Spartan Adreian Payne, 8-year-old Princess Lacey dies overnight

(WXYZ) - Lacey Holsworth, the young girl who has a special bond with MSU basketball star Adreian Payne, passed away overnight.

An Instagram account in Lacey's name missprincesslacey posted this message around 3 a.m; "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... Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell, and Luke 💞 #LoveLikeLacey."

Lacey, who was fighting a rare form of cancer, was a patient at a nearby hospital in 2012 when the Michigan State basketball team came to visit. According to her parents, she and Payne because instant friends.

Their unlikely friendship recently grabbed national attention on 'Good Morning America,' and as MSU advanced in the March Madness tournament. Lacey could frequently be seen sitting courtside, cheering on her best buddy.

She was also Payne's companion at the team's senior night last month.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced Wednesday afternoon that MSU will host a memorial service for Lacey next Thursday, April 17 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.  The time of the memorial service will be announced later.

Wednesday, Michigan State Head basketball coach Tom Izzo honored the memory of little Lacey with these kind words.