Amanda Peterson, Can’t Buy Me Love’s heartbreaking downfall. The actress was just forty-three years old when she sadly passed away and what you may have not known is that the fresh-faced wonderful smile star had a troubled past. Since hearing of the sudden passing of Peterson,
PEOPLE has confirmed that the ’80s star was arrested four times between 2000 and 2012.
According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Greeley, Colorado, she was most recently arrested for a DUI and possession of narcotic equipment on May 3, 2012, at 8:31 p.m.
The troubled starlet was also arrested in 2000, 2003, and 2005. Her mugshots show the actress almost unrecognizable, and in one picture, she has a black eye.
According to Sheriff’s Office records obtained by PEOPLE, she spent nearly three months in jail in 2005. She was arrested in September and released in December.
Peterson spent nearly three months in jail in 2005 (left). She was also booked in 2000
Peterson was also arrested in August 2003 (left). In 2012 (right) she was booked for DUI and-and possession of narcotic equipment.
It was just on Sunday when she had been found unresponsive at her home in Greely, Colorado,
but her cause of death has yet to be determined, pending an autopsy report.
And her mother, Sylvia Peterson, tells Entertainment Tonight that her daughter,
struggled with drugs when she was younger, but had been clean for a long time and this “this was not, in any way, a drug thing.”
Sylvia also spoke with PEOPLE and said that she suspects her daughter’s sleep apnea may have contributed to her death.
She also shared some of her daughters final moments.
“She was in bed, and she’d had a wonderful day, and we were planning on a dinner the next day,” Sylvia says of her daughter, “so it was just a very, very big surprise.”
She also remembers her daughter, as someone who “was just so much fun.”
“She was so great,” she says. “She had a cute sense of humor and a love of history – just a very, very cute person.”
Fellow stars, including Patrick Dempsey, have paid a tribute to her.
The actor took to Twitter and wrote,
“In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda’s family.”
Photographer Ryan Hartsock, who worked with Peterson on a 2012 photo shoot, tells PEOPLE that she was “kindhearted.”
“She had the greatest smile. I know it brightened her day when she got all the emails and fan mail from everybody,” he says. “Really any time that we were together she was a kindhearted, great person.”