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'Ugly Betty' co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45

Executive producer Silvio Horta attends the 24th Annual IMAGEN Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 21, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
Posted at 8:21 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 08:21:43-05

MIAMI (AP) - Award-winning producer Silvio Horta has died at 45. Horta was acclaimed for creating the hit TV series “Ugly Betty."

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner says that based on the investigation Horta died by suicide at a Miami hotel.

The Cuban-American producer and screenwriter is credited for breaking ground for Latinos and gays in Hollywood with the TV sitcom he created with actress and producer Salma Hayek.

The show made actress America Ferrera a star.

Ferrera and others in the industry expressed sadness for his death on social media. Horta's family said in a statement Wednesday he struggled with addiction and depression.