'Narcos' locations manager killed while scouting in Mexico

Carlos Munoz Portal had also worked on high-profile productions including James Bond film Spectre and he Fast and The

Carlos Muñoz Portal traveled to that country to search for shooting locations in the state of Mexico which is located near the border with Hidalgo.

According to local reports from Mexico, even though Hidalgo has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico due to the prevalence of drug cartels there - with 182 killings in July alone - authorities are having trouble figuring out who is to blame and why.

A translation of the article from El Pais says that Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, "was killed Monday (September 11) in a rural area of ..."

Season four of Narcos is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico's infamous Juarez cartel
SUPPLIED Season four of Narcos is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico's infamous Juarez cartel

Portal was scouting locations for season four of Narcos when he died. The infamous Juárez cartel was briefly featured in the most recent season. That works out to a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family", Netflix said in a statement, Variety reported. It's also unclear if this sudden death will delay or halt production of the show.

Portal was an expert at wrangling locations on many Hollywood productions in Mexico, including Tony Scott's Man on Fire, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, the latest James Bond film, Spectre, and Fast & Furious. "The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate what happened". The first two seasons of the show looked at the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Cartel de Medellin.

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