More sad news of a passing this morning. Princess Lacey, the little girl that became best friends with MSU Center Adrien Payne and stole the hearts of the entire basketball team lost her battle with cancer early this morning.

Lacey was able to travel to watch the team in the NCAA tournament and even helped to judge the dunk contest in Texas.

Her family broke the news via Instagram early this morning:

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

Being a State fan and Lansing native, I thought this little lady was inspiring and one of the best parts of watching Spartan basketball this season. Rest In Peace Princess Lacey.

Members of the team took to Twitter to express their sadness as well: