In a sudden death widely mourned by fans and Hollywood contemporaries alike, Amanda Peterson, the 80’s Hollywood star best known for her role as popular high school student Cindy Mancini in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” (1987) has unexpectedly passed away at the unripe age of 43, just days short of her 44th birthday.
The news was broken to the world by her mother via ABC news who said that the death was ‘unexpected’ and they were awaiting the autopsy report to shed some light on the cause, “It was just a very big blow.” Amanda was found dead at her Greeley, Colorado apartment complex; she was alone at the time of her death. The police are investigating the cause but have declined to release any further information. Peterson’s father on the other hand has stated that Amanda was suffering from “some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.”
Amanda Peterson who starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” as his love interest started her movie career as a child actor in the 1982 adaptation of the play ‘Annie,’ and went on to play guest roles in ‘Father Murphy’ and ‘Silver Spoons.’ She also had a short role in the TV series ‘Boone.’ Later she went on to quit the silver screen and her last movie was ‘Windrunner’ (1994) where she played Julie Moore.
Most of Hollywood expressed their shock and sorrow at her passing. For many, she was the first ever crush back in the 80’s. ‘Scrubs’ star Donald Faison took to twitter to express his condolences tweeting, “Cindy Mancini was my first crush. RIP Amanda Peterson.” Actress and producer Sarah Michelle Gellar also paid her tribute on Twitter saying, “When I was younger, I used to want to be #AmandaPeterson. I even asked my mom for white leather fringe jacket #RipAmandaPeterson.”
Peterson is survived by second husband David Hartley and two children.