Hollywood has lost one of its most talented and dynamic stars.
Elizabeth Peña, who has been working nonstop since the '80s, has died at age 55 from natural causes, her manager said. Known for having the ability to successfully shift from dramatic to comedic roles, the Cuban-American actress has starred in La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder, Lone Star, and on the small screen as Sofía Vergara’s mother on Modern Family.
The actress is survived by her husband, two children, mother, and sister. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their reactions on Peña's untimely death:
The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) October 16, 2014
My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena –ZS— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 16, 2014
Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena...you paved the way for so many of us!! http://t.co/IiGf6JuxGf— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) October 16, 2014
Heartbroken to hear the news of Elizabeth Peña's death. She was such a light. So glad I knew her. So sad she's gone. pic.twitter.com/4YFOl2d1a3— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) October 16, 2014
Elizabeth Pena...a ferociously funny, fierce and singular actress. A beautiful woman who has gone way too soon... I miss you already - RIP— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 16, 2014
Elizabeth Pena , May your beautiful soul " Rest in Peace " with love and respect— George Lopez (@georgelopez) October 16, 2014
Elizabeth Pena was wonderful in "Lone Star," "Tortilla Soup," many other films. Played Gloria's mom on @ModernFam. Rest in peace.— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) October 15, 2014