4: 05 PM PST 1/7/2020
His ABC series modified into as soon as a breakout success and earned The US Ferrera an Emmy for her work.
Silvio Horta, the creator and executive producer of the ABC series Gruesome Betty, has died in Miami, his agent confirmed Tuesday. He modified into as soon as 45.
Horta died by suicide, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Fixed with the Miami-Dade County medical examiner, Horta died from a gunshot wretchedness to the head.
“By his friendships, his love and his work in TV and motion photos, Silvio touched the lives of hundreds of thousands,” his mom, Anna, and sister, Hilda, acknowledged in an announcement. “Silvio had an ongoing war with dependancy and despair, but thru it all, he constantly stumbled on a technique to flip his war into laughter. He modified into as soon as a form and glorious man. He will doubtless be long past, but his light will shine on.”
Gruesome Betty, adapted from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea, modified into as soon as a breakout success, earning The US Ferrera an Emmy for her flip as Queens kid Betty Suarez. The expose modified into as soon as co-produced by Reveille and ran from 2006-10, with Horta serving as showrunner and head author.
In June 2016 at an tournament to accept as true with an even time the 10-twelve months anniversary of the series’ debut, Horta published that he on the starting up envisioned Betty no longer as a technique author but as an FBI agent working undercover on the journal.
“I’m met with accurate crickets,” Horta recalled of his pitch to executive producers Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. “They acknowledged, ‘Survey, we mediate what modified into as soon as accomplished on the starting up worked and keep on with that. Don’t afflicted away.'”
He added that ABC “desired to name it Betty the Gruesome. I mediate they had been thinking, like, Alexander the Mammoth. I by no blueprint got it.”
The son of Cuban immigrants, Horta modified into as soon as born on Aug. 14, 1974, in Miami. His oldsters divorced when he modified into as soon as 6. He graduated from Coral Gables Senior High College in 1992 — the identical twelve months he came out as homosexual, he acknowledged — and attended NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts.
Horta left New York for Los Angeles in 1996 and sold his screenplay for Urban Yarn (2008), a wretchedness film that starred Jared Leto and grossed $72 million worldwide. He then created the Sci-Fi series The Yarn and UPN’s Jake 2.0 sooner than Gruesome Betty broke astronomical.
In a 2008 interview, Horta acknowledged that the success of Gruesome Betty modified into as soon as no longer all that it modified into as soon as cracked as a lot as be.
“My first twelve months doing this, folks would on a normal foundation seek files from me, ‘Don’t seem like you fully elated? Or no longer you may want to be extremely happy. You accept as true with a success expose. Or no longer you may want to be having the time of your life.’ Properly, no, I’m no longer. Or no longer it’s all drinking,” he acknowledged. “I modified into as soon as so exhausted by the time I got home on Friday evening, I modified into as soon as accurate anxious. I did no longer want to pass out. I did no longer want to socialize and I had so great work to assemble. That modified into as soon as it. That modified into as soon as my life.”
Horta had struggled to put collectively up his success with Gruesome Betty. He had multiple shows in growth — he signed a two-twelve months handle Sony Photos Tv in 2011 — but nothing ever got on the air.
Memorial products and companies will doubtless be held in Miami and Los Angeles.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this document.