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Actress Elizabeth Pena From “Modern Family” and “LaBamba” Dies

October 16, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Actress Elizabeth Pena From “Modern Family” and “LaBamba” Dies Image courtesy of screencrush.com

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Actress Elizabeth Pena who starred in numerous TV shows and films, such as “La Bamba” and “Rush Hour” has died at the age of 55.

According to TMZ, Pena had passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday. It was said that she passed away from natural causes after a brief illness. The exact cause of death has yet to be disclosed.

Pena’s Hollywood career spanned over three decades appearing in films such as, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “La Bamba” and “Rush Hour”
She most recently had a recurring role on “Modern Family” as the mother to Sofia Vergara’s character and just recently completed filming a role on the TV series, “Matador.”

She also starred in her own short-lived sitcom, “I Married Dora” in 1987-88 … and provided voiceovers for cartoons including “American Dad!” and “The Incredibles.”

Lou Diamond Phillips, who Pena co-starred with, in the movie “La Bamba” tweeted this post upon finding out the news of her death, “I am stunned and heartbroken, just found out about the passing of my friend Elizabeth Peña. She was such a Life Force it’s hard to believe,” “Elizabeth was not only an amazing actress, she was one of the most vibrant, wonderful people I have ever known. My prayers to her family,” he said.

Pena was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and is survived by her mother, a sister, her husband, and two children.

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