Adreian Payne was an American professional basketball player who last played for Juventus Utena of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He played college basketball for Michigan State University.

Payne received national prominence during his final season at Michigan State University, not just for his basketball prowess, but also for the friendship he developed with a young cancer sufferer.

Adreian Payne
Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State basketball player, was shot and died early Monday morning in Orlando, Florida.

When Lacey Holsworth, 8, was in the hospital two years previously, she met Payne, according to the AP.

During Payne’s Senior Night tribute, Lacey, who was wearing a blonde wig, was carried around the court by Payne as he was praised.

After Michigan State’s victory in the Big Ten tournament, he repeated the feat in Indianapolis. According to the AP, she died in April 2014.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Payne with the 15th overall choice in the 2014 NBA draft after his senior season at Michigan State, when he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game.

Adreian Payne Obituary

Adreian Payne sadly passed away on May 9, 2022, in Orlando, Florida, United States.

Adreian Payne Cause of Death

A drive-by gunshot claimed the life of Adreian Payne, according to a police report released on Monday. While the alleged shooter has been detained, Payne was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Adreian Payne Tribute

The basketball world is mourning the loss of Adreian Payne, and many are taking to social media to share their condolences.



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