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'Can't Buy Me Love' Star, Amanda Peterson, Dies At 43

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Amanda Peterson, star of the popular '80s teen film, Can't Buy Me Love, died in her home at the age of 43.

The actress was found dead in her Greeley, Colorado home on July 5 after police received a report from concerned family members who had not heard from her, Greeley Police Department told E! Online. Although it's not clear what caused her death as it is still being investigated, her father told TMZ, "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed."

In addition to sleep apnea, Peterson suffered from other medical conditions like pneumonia and sinusitis over the last two years. Her father also told TMZ that Peterson lived in a house with mold problems, but she moved out of that residence about a year ago.

Peterson starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in 1987 rom-com, Can't Buy Me Love, as popular cheerleader, Cynthia "Cindy" Mancini, who agrees to pretend to date the nerdy Ronald Miller (Dempsey) for $1,000.

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Here's the trailer for Can't Buy Me Love:

Here's an interview Peterson did in 1987 that coincided with the release of Can't Buy Me Love:

She got her first film role when she was 9 and acted in John Huston's 1982 feature adaptation of the Annie musical. Peterson, who was born in Greeley, a city located about 60 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado, acted in movies like 1985's Explorers and 1988's The Lawless Land. She also landed minor roles in popular TV shows like Silver Spoons and Doogie Howser, M.D.

After her 1994 film, Windrunner, she apparently left the Hollywood industry, and eventually moved back to Colorado. According to TMZ, in Peterson's later years, she tried going back to school before dropping out, and tried to work on a writing career.