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Actress Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy film Can't Buy Me Love, has passed away at the age of 43. Police report that Peterson was found deceased inside her Greeley, Colorado apartment complex.

Peterson in Can't Buy Me Love
Peterson in Can't Buy Me Love

Peterson's father told TMZ that the family became concerned after they hadn't heard from Amanda since July 3rd, eventually her body was discovered in her home, alone, on July 5th.

Police do not suspect foul play, and while the official cause of death has not been released, Peterson's father confirmed to TMZ that the former actress "had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed."

Peterson in 2012 Source: Ryan Hartsock/Facebook
Peterson in 2012 Source: Ryan Hartsock/Facebook

Despite Peterson making her last appearance as an actor in the 1994 film Windrunner, she had enjoyed a busy career throughout the '80s. Her biggest role came at age 15 when she appeared opposite Patrick Dempsey in Can't Buy Me Love. In the film, she played the role of cheerleader Cindy Mancini who was paid by Dempsey's character to pretend to be his girlfriend. The film ends with the iconic shot of the two characters riding into the sunset on a lawnmower - a scene replicated in the 2010 Emma Stone film Easy A.

Aside from Can't Buy Me Love Peterson appeared in films Annie (1982), Explorers (1985), The Lawless Land (1988) and Listen to Me (1989). She also had multiple TV credits including Boone, A Year in the Life, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Jack's Place.

Peterson is survived by her husband, David Hartley and their two children Jonathan and Katie.

Following the news of Peterson's death, celebrities took to Twitter to leave tributes:

Source: Variety, TMZ


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