TMZ has obtained a copy of Elizabeth Pena’s death certificate on Oct. 22, 2014. In the death certificate, the Los Angeles County Coroner cited Elizabeth had been suffering from alcohol abuse for several months. She was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, but recently the complications of alcohol abuse became more acute and took her life.
Much-loved Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Pena died on Oct. 14, 2014 at 55. The document cites three causes of death:
- Cardiopulmonary Arrest
- Cardiogenic Shock
- Acute gastrointestinal bleeding
Pena suffered severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage during her last moments, due to profuse bleeding her heart stopped working and caused her death. The New Jersey-born actress died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, said that Pena died of natural causes after an epigrammatic sickness.
"She was our star. She was my star. We celebrated her triumphs. We sweated through her struggles," wrote her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles in an Oct. 15 tribute to his aunt on Latino Review.
Elizabeth Pena ‘s (September 23, 1959 – October 14, 2014) four-decade-long career included roles in “La Bamba ,” “Lone Star ,” “A Single Woman ,” “Off the Map ,” “The Perfect Family ,” “Modern Family,”“Major Crimes ,” “Matador ,” “Rush Hour,” and “Modern Family.”
She was a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. Pena won the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Lone Star.” She also won a Bravo Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film from the National Council of La Raza.
Pena is survived by her husband, Hans Rolla, two children mother, sister and a multitude of forlorn fans. Our hearts continue to go out to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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