America Ferrera and More 'Ugly Betty' Stars Mourn Death of Show's Creator Silvio Horta

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Rest in peace, Silvio Horta. 

The Ugly Betty creator died in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, leaving friends, family and the series' star, America Ferrera, "heartbroken." 

"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. 

"I will be forever indebted to this sweet, brilliant man," Michael Urie tweeted. 

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."

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According to Variety, Horta's body was discovered in a hotel room in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, with sources telling the outlet that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A source close to Horta tells ET he struggled with addiction in recent years. 


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