Ugly Better creator Silvio Horta has been found dead in Miami aged 45. The writer and director was discovered in his motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, sources have claimed.
An insider told Variety that Horta died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A representative for the producer confirmed his death but did not add any further details.
Horta was best known for his work as the creator of Ugly Betty, an adaptation of the Colombian telenovela, Yo Soy Betty, La Fea. The beloved show, which starred America Ferrera, ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2010.
Ferrera, 35, took to Instagram on Tuesday to pay a touching tribute to the show-runner and head writer, who she described as a ‘joy and light’.
‘I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta’s death’, she wrote.
‘His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy and 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.’
Silvio served as Ugly Betty’s show-runner and head writer. The show picked up two Golden Globes during its run, one for Best Comedy Series and the other for America Ferrera, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (pictured 2007 with the Ugly Betty cast).