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Silvio Horta, the creator of ABC's Ugly Betty, was found dead in a motel room in Miami on Tuesday, January 7, Variety reports.
According to the publication, the 45-year-old died of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound". Although his death was confirmed by a representative of the late screenwriter and producer, they declined to comment on the nature of his death.
America Ferrera, who appeared in the series as Betty Suarez, went to Instagram to mourn Horta's death.
"I am stunned and heartbroken when I hear the devastating news of Silvio Horta's death, the creator of Ugly Better. His talent and creativity have brought so much joy and light to me and many others," she wrote next to a picture of yourself, Horta and Salma Hayekat the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
The actress added, "I think of his family and loved ones who are in such pain right now – and the whole Ugly Betty family who felt this loss so deeply."
Ugly Betty ran on ABC for four seasons and was adapted from a Colombian telenovela of the same name, Yo Soja Betty, to La Fea.
The series followed Suarez, portrayed by Ferrera, and her life as a young Latinx woman from Queens, New York, who has a job with a fashion magazine in Manhattan but doesn't quite fit it.
The success of Hortas Ugly Betty resulted in two Golden Globe victories in 2007, one for musical or comedy television series and one for the 35-year-old superstore actor for actress in a musical or comedy television series.
Vanessa Williams, who portrayed the notorious Wilhelmina Slater on the show, also used social media to express her condolences to Horta's death.
"Still in shock after hearing the tragic news of our # uglybetty creator #silviohorta [broken heart]. So many of us who worked with him will lack his creativity and passion," Williams wrote on Instagram alongside a selfie of both . "Rest in peace."
Michael Urie, who portrayed Marc St. James in the series, wrote on Twitter that "he will be committed to this sweet, brilliant man forever".
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