Silvio Horta dead: Creator of hit US show Ugly Betty dies aged 45 (Image: GETTY)
Silvio Horta, creator of ABC’s popular series Ugly Betty, was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday, aged 45, according to Variety. The publication reported that sources told them that Silvio died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy & light
A representative for Horta confirmed his death, but declined to comment on the nature of how he passed.
Silvio created the US version of the hit Colombian series, which starred America Ferrera in its four seasons, which aired from 2006 to 2010.
America was awarded with a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her portrayal of protagonist Betty Suarez, a young Mexican American from Queens, New York, who landed a job at a Manhattan fashion magazine and was pushed to the limit from the many traditional standards of Beauty and identity.
Ugly Betty stars took to social media to express their sorrow and devastation at the loss of a “good friend”.
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Silvio Horta dead: America Ferrera pays tribute to Ugly Betty creator (Image: INSTAGRAM (AMERICA FERRERA))
Silvio Horta dead: Ugly Betty cast members pay tribute to show runner (Image: GETTY)
America wrote in a sweet Instagram post: “I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta’s death,” the actress said on Tuesday.
“His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy & light. I’m thinking of his family and loved ones who must be in so much pain right now- and of the whole Ugly Betty family who feel this loss so deeply.”
Actor Christopher Gorham, who played one of Betty's love interest on the show, also wrote a touching tribute to the late showrunner.
“Silvio Horta gave me two of the greatest opportunities in my career with Jake 2.0 and Ugly Betty.
Silvio Horta created Ugly Betty that aired from 2006 to 2010 (Image: GETTY)