The Can't Buy Me Love star was found dead, aged 43, at her home in Greeley, Colorado after her concerned father alerted authorities to check the property when he could not reach her.
A cause of death was unknown as WENN went to press.
Her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 romantic comedy, opposite Patrick Dempsey, left a huge mark on Hollywood, with many stars taking to Twitter.com to reveal they had childhood crushes on the actress.
Gellar writes on the microblogging site, "When I was younger, I used to want to be #AmandaPeterson. I even asked my mom for a white leather fringe jacket #RipAmandaPeterson" while Faison adds, "Cindy Mancini was my first crush. RIP Amanda Peterson."
Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum writes, "So sad to hear about Amanda Peterson's death. She was one of my first crushes. God bless ya lady. #CantBuyMeLove." and Dane Cook offers, "this is tragic... I had the biggest crush on her when that movie came out. RIP Amanda Peterson."
Actress Meredith Salenger, a childhood friend of Peterson, writes, "Rest in Peace my dear old friend. Amanda Peterson. I loved you" while Boy Meets World star Will Friedle adds, "One of my first crushes ever died today. She was young, talented and beautiful. RIP #AmandaPeterson...thank you for the beautiful dreams."
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