Last week, we reported that actress Elizabeth Pena had died at the age of 55.
Now it’s been revealed that the actress died from medical complications related to alcohol abuse.
The cause of the death for the actress was only described as being “after an illness”, but her death certificate details how she suffered from cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol.
Pena reportedly suffered from the liver disease for a month before she died from gastrointestinal bleeding and going into cardiac arrest.
Elizabeth passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week.
The actress played the role of Sofia Vergara’s mother on ABC’s “Modern Family” last year on two episodes as Pilar.
Pena starred on the big screen in movies such as ‘Rush Hour”, “Jacob’s Ladder”, “Lone Star”,”Blue Steel”, and “Free Willy 2”.
Elizabeth was born on September 23, 1959 in New Jersey and was raised by her Cuban immigrant parents in Cuba and later New York.
She had a memorable role in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” about the life and career of singer Ritchie Valens, who was portrayed by Lou Diamond Philips.
Pena played the role of Valens’ ex-girlfriend Rosie who later dates his abusive brother Bob and becomes pregnant with his child.
The actress won four ALMA Awards, which are given to American Latino artists for promoting fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the media.
She was also was a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
Pena is survived by her husband Hans Rolla and their daughter Fiona and son Kaelan, along with her mother Estela and sister Tania.
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