We have more sad news for ’80s Nation. Amanda Peterson, best known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 teen comedy, Can’t Buy Me Love. She was only 43. She would have turned 44 tomorrow. A cause of death has yet to be determined. She was found in her home in Greeley, Colorado. The following was reported by TMZ:
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 became a superstar playing Cindy Mancini opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 romantic comedy … but she left the entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and had been living in Colorado for years.
We’re told she went back to school several years ago — but dropped out around 2010. Recently, we’re told she had been trying to make it as a writer.
As a side note, I also suffer from sleep apnea, and am well aware that you can die from it. But don’t worry, I wear a CPAP mask, or as my wife calls it, my Darth Vader mask. So, unless something crazy happens, I’ll be bringing you ’80s awesomeness (and sad news) for many years to come. With that said, I have a gut feeling that Amanda’s death was not drug related.
It is always so depressing when we lose somebody that we grew up watching or listening to. Especially when it’s somebody so young, and of our generation. But, let’s remember Amanda with some great lines from the classic, Can’t Buy Me Love:
Cindy Mancini: Are you high?
Ronald Miller: I want to rent you.
Cindy Mancini: You want to rent me?
Ronald Miller: Yeah. You pretend you like me and we go out for a few weeks… and that will make me popular.
Cindy Mancini: Just going out with me is not gonna make you popular.
Ronald Miller: Well I have a thousand dollars that says it will.
Cindy Mancini: I think you’ve mowed one too many lawns!
Chuckie Miller: You nuked my brother.
Cindy Mancini: What?
Chuckie Miller: You took him from “geek” status to “king” status to no status.
Cindy Mancini: Chuckie Miller, right? He resorted to sending his messenger boy?
Chuckie Miller: Boy? I see no boy here.
[Cindy puts powder on his face]
Chuckie Miller: You think you shut me up?
Cindy Mancini: I didn’t? Well, let me try again.
[attempts to put lipstick on Chuckie]
Chuckie Miller: [leaves]
[says to his friends]
Chuckie Miller: Babe said it was good for my complexion.
You! Even Bobby thinks we went out. Great, huh? Ha! All of you thought we were a couple. What a joke!… Ronald Miller paid me 1,000 bucks to pretend I liked him. What a deal, huh? $1,000 to go out with him for a month. This guy. Oh, God. He bought me. And he bought all of you. He was sick and tired of being a nobody. Yeah, and he said that all of you guys would worship him if we went out. And I didn’t believe that. I was, like, no way! And he was right! No, leave me alone. He was right. Our little plan worked, didn’t it, Ronald? The dance. That stupid dance! What a bunch of followers you guys are. I mean, at least I got… At least I got paid.
Cindy Mancini: Whatever happens to your popularity, stay yourself, don’t change to please others.
Ronald Miller: Me change? Never.