Patrick Dempsey Pays Tribute to ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ Co-Star Amanda Peterson

“In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young,” actor writes

Last Updated: July 8, 2015 @ 7:25 AM

Patrick Dempsey has joined the chorus of Hollywood stars who are paying tribute to Amanda Peterson, who was found dead on Sunday.

“In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda’s family,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star posted on Twitter.

He and Peterson co-starred in the 1987 film “Can’t Buy Me Love,” in which Dempsey played a high school nerd who pays a cheerleader (Peterson) to pretend to be his girlfriend.

Previously, stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dane Cook, and Lance Bass all mourned Peterson’s death, saying how much they loved “Can’t Buy Me Love” and her character in particular.

Peterson also appeared in the 1985 sci-fi movie “Explorers,” which was the cinematic debut of both Ethan Hawke and the late River Phoenix.

Peterson’s final credits include the 1989 Kirk Cameron-Jami Gertz drama “Listen to Me,” a 1990 appearance on Neil Patrick Harris‘ star-making sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and a 1994 film called “WindRunner.”

She left the business in the early 1990’s and returned home to Greeley, Colorado, where she was found dead. The cause of death was not immediately known. According to media reports, Peterson had been missing since July 3, and her father speculated about preexisting medical conditions as possible factors in her death.