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Silvio Horta, the creator of Ugly Betty, has been found dead. 

The 45-year-old was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, according to sources. 

He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports Variety

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Silvio Horta, the creator of Ugly Betty, was found dead at the age of 45 in his Miami motel room on Tuesday. He was found with gunshot wounds in an apparent suicide (pictured May 2019)

Silvio Horta, the creator of Ugly Betty, was found dead at the age of 45 in his Miami motel room on Tuesday. He was found with gunshot wounds in an apparent suicide (pictured May 2019)

Silvio was best known for his work as the creator of the popular ABC show, Ugly Betty, starring, America Ferrara. 

The successful show ran from 2006 to 2010 and ran for four seasons. 

Silvio served as Ugly Betty’s show-runner and head writer. 

Winners! 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, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (pictured 2007 with the Ugly Betty cast)

Winners! 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, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (pictured 2007 with the Ugly Betty cast)

The show picked up two Golden Globes during its run, one for Best Comedy Series and the other for America, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.   

Silvio’s big break was in 2000 with his screenplay, Urban Legend. The mystery/slasher went on to make $72.5 million at the box office. 

In 2001 he created The Chronicle for the Syfy network. The series lasted for two seasons.   

But it wasn’t until 2006’s Ugly Betty when his name really rose to fame. 

Along with lead, America Ferrara, the series also saw Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, and Ana Ortiz star. Salma Hayek was one of the executive producers. 

On the success of Ugly Betty: 'My first year doing this, people would constantly ask me, "Aren't you happy? You must be thrilled. You've got a hit show. You must be having the time of your life." Well, no, I'm not. It's all consuming,' he said in 2008 (pictured 2016)

On the success of Ugly Betty: ‘My first year doing this, people would constantly ask me, “Aren’t you happy? You must be thrilled. You’ve got a hit show. You must be having the time of your life.” Well, no, I’m not. It’s all consuming,’ he said in 2008 (pictured 2016) 

Popular show: Ugly Betty was an American comedy-drama about Betty Suarez, who despite her lack of sty;e and physical appearance, lands a job at a prestigious high fashion magazine

Popular show: Ugly Betty was an American comedy-drama about Betty Suarez, who despite her lack of sty;e and physical appearance, lands a job at a prestigious high fashion magazine

In a 2008 interview, Silvio said that the success of Ugly Betty was not all that he thought it would be. 

‘My first year doing this, people would constantly ask me, “Aren’t you happy? You must be thrilled. You’ve got a hit show. You must be having the time of your life.” Well, no, I’m not. It’s all consuming,’ he said.  

‘I was so exhausted by the time I got home on Friday night, I was just paralyzed. I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t want to socialize and I had so much work to do. That was it. That was my life.’ 

Ugly Betty was an American comedy-drama about Betty Suarez, who despite her lack of style and physical appearance, lands a job at a prestigious high fashion magazine.  

Favorite for all: Ugly Betty was a huge success - picking up 42 wins and 92 nominations at award ceremonies (pictured 2008)

Favorite for all: Ugly Betty was a huge success – picking up 42 wins and 92 nominations at award ceremonies (pictured 2008) 

And while Ugly Betty was a huge success – picking up 42 wins and 92 nominations, and he did develop multiple shows following 2010, nothing got to air.  

The Cuban American, born in Miami, Florida, was openly gay and came out to his family as a teen at 19. 

Silvio’s last social media post was on June 21, 2019, when he posed with a friend while at the ArcLight cinemas in Hollywood.  

If you or anyone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1800-273-8255 for 24/7 assistance.  

Silvio's last social media post was on June 21, 2019, when he posed with a friend while at the ArcLight cinemas in Hollywood

Silvio’s last social media post was on June 21, 2019, when he posed with a friend while at the ArcLight cinemas in Hollywood

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