Sadness and shock in Hollywood as actress dies

Celebrities took to Twitter last night to express their sadness at the death of actress Elizabeth Pena.

The 55-year-old was best known for her role on Modern Family as Gloria's mother, and also for her parts in Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder and The Incredibles.

She passed away following a brief illness.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Modern Family's Mitch, paid tribute on behalf of the show's cast and crew: 

The show's co-creator Steve Levitan posted this kind message:

Actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera were among the many stars who counted Elizabeth as an influence in their careers:

Elizabeth is survived by her husband and two teenage children.