Silvio Horta, ‘Ugly Betty’ Creator, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Silvio Horta, creator of ABC’s popular series “Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 45.

Sources tell Variety that Horta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A representative for Horta declined to comment.

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. During its run, the show won two Golden Globes, one for best comedy series and one for Ferrera.

Horta 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.

Horta’s TV credits also included “The Chronicle” and the UPN sci-fi series “Jake 2.0.”

His big break came in 2000 when he wrote the screenplay for horror-thriller “Urban Legend.” Horta was born in Miami to Cuban parents and majored in film at NYU.

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