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Silvio Horta, creator of hit TV series Ugly Betty, dies aged 45

Tributes paid to the screenwriter and producer behind the comedy-drama starring America Ferrera

Silvio Horta, the creator of hit TV show Ugly Betty, has died at the age of 45. The television producer and screenwriter, who was of Cuban-American descent, began his career with the satirical teen film Urban Legends starring Jared Leto, and created two sci-fi programmes, The Chronicle and Jake 2.0, which were broadcast in the early 2000s. Horta, who died by apparent suicide, went on to have mainstream success with the comedy-drama starring Vanessa Williams and America Ferrera, which became a worldwide smash following its cancellation in 2010.

Ferrera, who played the show’s titular character, an unlikely fashion intern, paid tribute to Horta on Instagram. The actor said she was “stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news”, adding that Horta’s “talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy and light”. Elsewhere, Williams, who

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