The creator of 'Ugly Betty' Silvio Horta dies at 45

Silvio Horta, creator of popular series Ugly Betty He was found dead in a motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. I was 45 years old.

Sources said Horta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Miami.

A representative of the writer confirmed his death, but refused to comment on his nature.

" Ugly Betty ", based on Colombian telenovela "Yo soy Betty, la fea", starred actor America Ferrera . Horta served as a showrunner and lead writer in the comedy drama, which took place over four seasons from 2006 to 2010.

The " Ugly Betty " family took to social media to remember Horta.

Ferrera said she was stunned and disconsolate by the news of her death.

"His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy &light.i'mthinkingofhisfamilyandlovedoneswhomustbeinsomuchpainrightnow-andofthewholeuglybettyfamilywhofeelthislosssodeeply,"shewroteoninstagram.


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I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta ’s death. 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.

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Vanessa Williams I also took advantage of Instagram to remember Horta.

Still in shock after hearing the tragic news of our #uglybetty creator #silviohorta. Many of us who work with him will miss his creativity and passion. May he rest in peace, he wrote.

Michael Urie said he will be indebted forever to Horta.

Following the death of Horta, Christopher Gorham urged people to take care of each other.

" Silvio Horta gave me two of the greatest opportunities in my career with Jake 2.0 and Ugly Betty . I will be forever grateful for his creativity, his enormous heart, and his friendship. His family was his world and my heart goes out to them tonight," Horta wrote on the photo-video sharing site.

Mark Indelicato said he was devastated by the news of the writer's death.

Silvio gave me my start at age 11 and trusted me with a character that was so close to his heart. We will all miss him very much, he said.