MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo issued a statement on behalf of the basketball program reacting to the death of Lacey Holsworth:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holsworth family today.
“Princess Lacey has taught us all an incredible lesson about love, strength and toughness. We can all learn from her on how to handle adversity with class and dignity.
“She has become an inspiration to our team, our families, our university, and most recently our entire nation. At just eight years old, she has given us all a lifetime of memories.
“We are all saddened today, but we are all better people for having known Lacey. Her smile and passion for life will live in the hearts of everyone she has touched across our country.”
Eight-year-old Lacy Holsworth had a special friendship with MSU basketball star Adriean Payne. She had battled cancer and died early this morning.