Elizabeth Pena
Elizabeth Pena passed away at the age of 55. Getty

American actress and television director Elizabeth Pena passed away on 14 October at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.

The actress' death was first reported by her nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles on the website Latino Review, where he serves as a writer. He revealed that she died of natural causes after a brief illness.

Pena, whose career spanned more than four decades, recently worked on the first season of El Rey Network's Matador, where she plays Maritza, mother of the title character.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Pena," El Rey said in a statement. "She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word."

She also guest-starred in two episodes of Modern Family, as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara's Gloria. Her many notable credits include La Bamba (1988), Rush Hour (1998) and The Incredibles (2004).

Celebrities took to their Twitter account to share their grief.