Actress Elizabeth Peña’s Death Linked to Alcohol Abuse

Elizabeth Peña, an actress best known for roles on ABC’s sitcom Modern Family and movies “Rush Hour,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “The Incredibles,” “Transamerica,” and “La Bamba,” passed away on October 15, 2014.

The 55-year old actress’ tragic passing has now been linked to alcohol abuse. According to her death certificate, Peña suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, caused by repeated alcohol abuse.

Sources say Peña’s condition has existed for a few years, but became exacerbated and more acute recently. Her death certificate also cites acute gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiopulmonary arrest, and cardiogenic shock as other causes of death.

Statistics suggest that ordinary Americans should take note of Peña’s struggle. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 deaths among adults ages 20 – 64 are caused by excessive alcohol use.

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