‘Modern Family’ actress Elizabeth Pena dies

Posted at 7:49 PM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 21:49:23-04
By Dana Ford


(CNN) — Actress Elizabeth Pena has died of natural causes after a brief illness, her manager told CNN. She was 55.

Pena passed away Tuesday, said Gina Rugolo.

Among her many roles, Pena is known for appearing as the mother of a character played by Sofia Vergara in the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.”

She’s appeared on both the big and small screens during her more than three-decade career.

Other career highlights include roles in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “La Bamba,” “Rush Hou,” and “The Incredibles.”

Pena is survived by her mother, a sister, her husband, and two children.

AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.

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