Silvio Horta has passed away.
On Tuesday, the “Ugly Betty” creator was found dead in a Miami motel room from an apparent suicide. He was 45.
Per the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner, the writer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a statement, the Emmy nominee’s mother, Anna, and sister, Hilda, said he “had an ongoing struggle with addiction and depression.”
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother and son, Silvio Horta. Through his friendships, his love and his work in TV and films, Silvio touched the lives of millions,” they said. “Silvio had an ongoing struggle with addiction and depression, but through it all, he always found a way to turn his struggle into laughter. He was a kind and beautiful man. He may be gone, but his light will shine on.”
America Ferrera, who played the titular character in “Ugly Betty,” shared a touching tribute on Instagram on Tuesday.
“I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of ‘Ugly Betty’ creator, Silvio Horta’s death,” the actress wrote. “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.”
The hit ABC show ran from 2006 to 2010, was adapted from the Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea,” and won the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.