Report: ‘La Bamba’ Star Died From Alcohol Abuse

LOS ANGELES (KRON) — Hollywood actress Elizabeth Pena, best known for her dramatic portrayal in the movie ‘La Bamba,’ died from complications related to alcohol abuse, TMZ is reporting.

Pena died October 14th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. She was 55.

According to a report by TMZ, Pena suffered from cirrhosis of the liver “due to alcohol.” She had the disease for months, but it became acute shortly before her death.

Citing Pena’s death certificate, TMZ says Pena had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, which caused her heart to stop.”

Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, previously said the actress died in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Pena’s career spanned four decades and included roles in films like “Rush Hour,” ”Jacob’s Ladder” and “Free Willy 2.” She also appeared on such TV shows as “L.A. Law,” ”Dream On,” ”Resurrection Blvd.” and “Modern Family,” where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria.

She also provided her voice to “The Incredibles,” the “Justice League” cartoon series and “American Dad.”

Pena recently played the mother of the title character on the El Rey Network drama “Matador.”

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

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