Amanda Peterson: 'Can't Buy Me Love' Actress Died of Accidental Morphine Overdose

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Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the film Can't Buy Me Love, died of an accidental morphine overdose, according to a coroner's report.

Pathologist Dr. Michael Burson wrote in the report that Amanda Peterson "was attempting to self-medicate her pain at the time of death."

Drugs to treat depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia were present in her blood at therapeutic levels, according to the report.. The drug gabapentin, which Peterson had been prescribed for pain from a recent hysterectomy, was present at six times the therapeutic level, the report also said. Trace amounts of marijuana were also detected.

Amanda Peterson was found dead in her Colorado apartment back in early July. Although she hadn't been prescribed morphine at the time, it is believed she obtained the drug from a friend.

"We can't say she has never been prescribed morphine, but we couldn’t find any recent prescriptions in her medical history, so she wasn't a [knowledgeable] opiate user," Coroner Mike Ward said in the report. "The amount of morphine she ingested, coupled with her heart and lung disease, resulted in a fatal event."

In addition to her role in Can't Buy Me Love, alongside Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson had a role in the first film version of the musical Annie.

When family members hadn't heard from Amanda Peterson for several days earlier this summer, they contacted local authorities, who conducted a wellness check at her apartment. That's when her body was discovered.

How sad that her day was preventable.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.