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8-year-old girl befriended by Michigan State hoops star dies

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FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Michigan State's Gary Harris, left, poses with the championship trophy as Adreian Payne kisses it after they defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. Lacey Holsworth, who is battling cancer, smiles at right foreground. The father of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne says his daughter has died. Matt Holsworth says Lacey Holsworth died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday, April 8, 2014, "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms."(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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DETROIT — When Michigan State was fighting to stay afloat despite a succession of injuries to key players, Lacey Holsworth was there.

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Michael Conroy

FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Michigan State's Gary Harris, left, poses with the championship trophy as Adreian Payne kisses it after they defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. Lacey Holsworth, who is battling cancer, smiles at right foreground. The father of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne says his daughter has died. Matt Holsworth says Lacey Holsworth died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday, April 8, 2014, "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms."(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)