Amanda Peterson, who stole every teenage boy’s heart when she starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in 1987’s classic high school rom-com Can’t Buy Me Love, was found dead in her home in Greeley, Colorado Sunday. Although the official cause of death has yet to be determined, the Greeley police do not suspect foul play in Peterson’s death. In an interview with TMZ, Peterson’s father revealed the former actress, who retired from public life more than twenty years ago, struggled with medical issues including sleep apnea.
Alongside Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Phoebe Cates as Linda Barrett in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Molly Ringwald’s trio of iconic turns in Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Amanda Peterson’s Can’t Buy Me Love character Cindy Mancini was one of the all-time great ’80s movie dream girls. Peterson, whose first role was in Annie (1982), also appeared on the classic television shows Silver Spoons and Doogie Houser, M.D.