Silvio Horta, the creator of ABC’s Ugly Betty, was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in an apparent suicide, Variety reports.
According to the publication, the 45-year-old died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” While his death was confirmed by a representative for the late screenwriter and producer, they declined to comment on the nature of his death.
America Ferrera, who starred in the show as Betty Suarez, took to Instagram to mourn Horta’s death.
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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.
“I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Better creator, Silvio Horta’s death. His talent and creativity brought m and so many others such joy & light,” she wrote, alongside a picture of herself, Horta and Salma Hayekat the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
The actress added: “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.”
Horta, who was born in Miami to Cuban parents and majored in film at NYU, had a project with Mary J. Blige in development at Fox in 2018. The prospective series, titled “Move,” was inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, who created routines for the likes of Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.
Ugly Betty ran for four seasons on ABC and was adapted from a Colombian telenovela of the same name, Yo soy Betty, la fea.