Stars mourn U.S. actress Elizabeth Pena, dead at 55

Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:41pm EDT
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By Reuters Staff

(Reuters) - Television stars and other celebrities mourned U.S. actress Elizabeth Pena, whose career was marked by roles in the films "La Bamba," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Lone Star," and who died earlier this week at age 55.

Pena, who more recently appeared on the hit TV show "Modern Family," died on Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital of natural causes after a short illness, her manager Gina Rugolo said.

"Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena," wrote "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria on Twitter late on Wednesday. "You paved the way for so many of us!!"

Zoe Saldana, the actress and dancer, offered prayers to Pena's family.


Actress Elizabeth Pena gives the peace sign to photographers upon her
arrival to the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica,
California, March 22, 2003. REUTERS/Brian Snyder