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Her Fall From Grace—'Can't Buy Me Love' Actress Amanda Peterson's Rocky Past Before Death

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The ’80s star Amanda Peterson in Can’t Buy Me Love didn’t have much of a rise to fame, but instead had a steep fall from grace. On Sunday, July 5, the troubled starlet was found dead at home in Greeley, Colorado, at age 43 (the cause of death is still pending).

(Photo credit: Moviestore/Re/REX Shutterstock)

Actor Patrick Dempsey, who also starred in Can’t Buy Me Love with Amanda Peterson, tweeted his condolences to her family. (Photo credit: Moviestore/Re/REX Shutterstock)

Star has learned that actress Amanda Peterson‘s past since 2000 was definitely a recipe for trouble—at least six arrests in multiple Colorado counties—and charges that included a DUI, trespassing, possession of controlled substance, narcotic equipment plus narcotics, and assault. One arrest in 2005 kept her locked behind bars from September to December.


Peterson’s arrest in 2000. (Photo credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)


Peterson’s arrest in 2003. (Photo credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)


Peterson’s arrest in 2005. (Photo credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)


Peterson’s arrest in 2012. (Photo credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)

READ MORE: Patrick Dempsey’s Downward Spiral, On Top of His Elimination on Grey’s Anatomy

Amanda’s mother, Sylvia Peterson, shared with Entertainment Tonight about her daughter’s troubled past with drugs, but says her daughter was clean for quite some time. “This was not, in any way, a drug thing,” Sylvia stated during the interview. In fact, her mother is led to believe her death could be related to Amanda’s sleep apnea issues.

For exclusive details on Amanda’s fall from grace, pick up Star’s issue that will hit newsstands on July 15.