Stars ‘stunned’ after death of Ugly Betty creator at 45

Tributes are being paid to Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta following his death at the age of 45.

Star of the popular TV comedy-drama America Ferrera said she was “stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news” in a post on Instagram alongside a picture tribute.

US media has reported that Horta was found dead in a motel room in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, in an apparent suicide.

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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.

A post shared by America Ferrera (@americaferrera) on Jan 7, 2020 at 4:54pm PST

Variety reported unverified sources saying the TV producer and writer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both Variety and Deadline said his agent had confirmed his death, but declined to comment any further.

Ugly Betty, an adaptation of the Colombian series Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, told the story of unlikely fashion intern Betty Suarez.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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