Silvio Horta who created the ABC hit show Ugly Betty that starred America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams is dead at 45 years-old.
According to People magazine, “A representative for the television identity confirmed his death but could not provide any further details at this time.”
According to Variety, “Horta was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 45. The American version of Ugly Betty, which starred America Ferrera, ran for four seasons on ABC from 2006 to 2010 and was adapted from the hit Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea.” Horta served as showrunner and head writer on the comedy-drama.
Ferrera posted on Instagram about his death, saying “His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy and light.”
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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.
Read the full Variety story here.