'Ugly Betty' Creator Silvio Horta's Death Ruled A Suicide
Warning: This article discusses suicide.
'Ugly Betty' creator Silvio Horta's cause of death has been revealed, with PEOPLE confirming the Miami-Dade County medical examiner determined the 45-year-old died by suicide.
Horta was found dead in a Miami hotel on Tuesday. His mother Anna and sister Hilda released a statement confirming the sad news.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother and son, Silvio Horta," the statement began.
"Through his friendships, his love and his work in TV and films, Silvio touched the lives of millions. 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,” they concluded.
Horta was best known for his work on the acclaimed series 'Ugly Betty' throughout its run from 2006-2010, which followed the story of a Mexican-American woman who arrives for her first day working at a New York fashion magazine in a poncho. The titular role, played by America Ferrera, would later catapult the actress into stardom.
Following the news of Horta's death, Ferrera posted a tribute over Twitter to her former colleague, which read:
“I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta’s death,” she began, sharing a photo with Horta at the Golden Globes in 2007.
"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," she continued.
Other friends and former colleagues of Horta who have since penned tributes to the late included Vanessa Williams, Chris Gorham and Michael Urie.
"Still in shock after hearing the tragic news of our #uglybetty creator #silviohorta," Willaims began. "His creativity and passion will be missed by so many of us that worked with him. May he Rest In Peace."
A service is set to be held in Miami, with a memorial service to be announced in Los Angeles.