Amanda Peterson, the actress best known for her role as Cindy Mancini in 1987’s Can’t Buy Me Love, has passed away at the age of 43 in her Colorado home. The cause of death is still unknown.

TMZ reports:

We spoke with Peterson’s father who tells us ... the family hadn’t heard from 43-year-old Amanda since July 3rd and became concerned. Her body was finally discovered in her home on July 5.

As for cause of death, Peterson’s father tells us they don’t know the official cause of death — but notes, “She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.”

We’re also told Peterson had been dealing with several medical issues over the past 2 years — including pneumonia, sinusitis and sleep apnea. Peterson’s father also says she had been living in a home with mold issues ... but moved out about a year ago.

Peterson left the entertainment industry in 1994 and spent the following years living in Colorado, going to school, and writing.


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