"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," Ferrera wrote alongside a photo of him with the Ugly Betty cast at the Golden Globes in 2007.
"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," she added.
Fellow Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams also paid tribute to Horta on Instagram. "Still in shock after hearing the tragic news of our #uglybetty creator #silviohorta ? His creativity and passion will be missed by so many of us that worked with him. May he Rest In Peace," she wrote.
Fans, meanwhile, honored Horta's legacy, pointing out the affect his work had had on their lives.
"I’m currently rewatching this show and I see this news," one user wrote. "Ugly Betty was a pivotal moment for me as a young Latina having never seen a family like mine portrayed on TV. So I’m eternally grateful for Silvio Horta’s work. R.I.P."
I’m currently rewatching this show and I see this news 😢 Ugly Betty was a pivotal moment for me as a young Latina having never seen a family like mine portrayed on TV. So I’m eternally grateful for Silvio Horta’s work. R.I.P 💔 pic.twitter.com/Gifc3Ki3lH
Such sad news. #UglyBetty is my all-time favorite show and it got me through more than you will ever know. I hope Silvio knew how much it meant to me and so many others. Thank you for this gift, Silvio. RIP.❤️https://t.co/ISAkke4OiW