Amanda Peterson Dead at 43, Starred on 1980s TV Drama Year in the Life

Amanda Peterson Dead

Amanda Peterson, a TV and film actress best remembered for playing the love interest of Grey’s Anatomy‘s Patrick Dempsey in 1987’s Can’t Buy Me Love, has died at age 43.

Though a cause of death has not been confirmed, Peterson’s family tells TMZ that she recently suffered from several medical issues, including pneumonia, sleep apnea and sinusitis. Her body was discovered on July 5.

Peterson’s most notable television work was as on NBC’s A Year in the Life, which started as a 1986 miniseries before being turned into a drama series the following year; it lasted one season. She also recurred as the girlfriend of John Dye in the early-1990s Hal Linden drama Jack’s Place. Additional TV credits include guest stints on Silver Spoons and Doogie Howser, M.D.

Do you have a favorite memory of Peterson’s work? Drop it in a comment below.

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30 Comments
  1. Robin says:

    Can’t Buy Me Love. How horribly sad.

  2. So young. That’s terrible.

  3. Brian says:

    So sad.

  4. Javi says:

    Can’t buy me love is one of my favorite movies…. Rest in Peace, Amanda

  5. LK says:

    Aw man… she was one of my crushes back in the day.

  6. Mel says:

    I remember really loving A Year in the Life. How sad.

  7. Joni says:

    I didn’t think I’d like “Can’t Buy Me Love” but I ended up loving it. Her poor family.

  8. Sleep apnea? Had she gained a lot of weight. She seemed to have suffered from problems of obesity. Bless her heart.

    • yourmom says:

      Ummmmm, you can have sleep apnea and not be overweight. And anyone can have pneumonia and sinusitis, not just overweight people, geez.

  9. Fern says:

    Heartbreaking, R.I.P.

  10. Josh says:

    Really liked her in Can’t buy me love. So sad only 43 years old prayers go out for her family

  11. Carlos Lee says:

    I had a crush on her when I first watched “Can’t Buy me Love”.

  12. Matt says:

    Such a shame…she was everything any guy growing up in the 80’s looked for.

  13. a name says:

    So sad. Hope her family hangs in there. :(
    She did a great job whatever she was in.

  14. a name says:

    So sad. Hope her family han gs in there. :(
    She did a great job whatever she was in.

  15. Bite me says:

    Screw the bitch just another body of an asshole actor in the ground

    • hud says:

      “Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful” Pope Francis said that. Per your comment applies directly to you. But your moniker say’s it all.

    • Eran says:

      What makes someone so intrinsically evil to even have such thoughts, let alone post them publicly? There’s trolling and there’s being a thoroughly wretched human being. This obviously being a case of the latter.

    • Andrew says:

      So the hipster douchebag troll contingent has been heard from. Now go do something useful with your day like choke on a bag of dicks.

      • hud says:

        Real intelligent comment, must be related to bite me. Thought this site was monitored. Choking on a bag of anything, really VERY POOR TASTE. But you would more likely have first hand experience with that than the rest of us. Your momma must be proud.

  16. Jax says:

    She was only 15 or 16 when Can’t Buy Me Love came out? Had no idea she was that young.

  17. brian says:

    I worked with Amanda on a pretty forgettable film called “Listen to Me” starring Kirk Cameron and Roy Schieder. She screen tested for the female lead and was the favorite of many involved, but for whatever reason was passed over for the great Jamie Gertz. She was so well liked that the decision was made to cast her in a supporting role. She was kind, sweet, talented and absolutely beautiful. It was a pleasure to work with her and I often wondered where she had ended up. This is very sad news. I just wanted people to know she was a lovely person and a pleasure to work with.

  18. I was in love with her, and it really hurts me that she was alone when she died, i only wish i could have met her. I will have an empty place in my heart. God has a new Angel. Love you, R.I.P

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