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Fernando Gaitan, Telenovela Creator who Inspired 'Ugly Betty,' Dies At Age 58

Updated On 30 Jan, 2019 Published On

Fernando Gaitan, an Award-winning Colombian writer and producer who famously created telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea which was remade in two dozen countries, has died at the age of 58.

As for the cause of death, the late television personality passed away due to heart failure in a Bogota hospital on Tuesday, January 29.

During his four-decade career, he won Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for his work in Ugly Betty. The television sitcom, which starred America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams, was produced by Salma Hayek.

Ugly Betty's reboot, Betty en NY, is set to debut in the Spanish language on February 6 on Telemundo.

Following the success of Ugly Betty and Yo Soy Betty La Fea, Fernando served as vp content and production at Colombian network RCN. He served for the network from 2009 to 2014.

Sony Pictures Television announced earlier this year that it had signed a deal to develop new content with Fernando.

Funeral and memorial services for the late screenwriter will be announced in the coming days. Rest in Peace Fernando Gaitan!

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