Netflix's location scout killed in Mexico
American company Netflix's renowned location scout was killed in Mexico while working for the hit series Narcos, which tells stories of drug cartel and the war on drugs, the company said Sunday.
Carlos Munoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his car in a notoriously violent area in Mexico state.
A friend of the victim told the Spanish newspaper EL Pais that Munoz was travelling in the region taking photos for location for the fourth season of Narcos. The death happened on Monday but the news came out recently.
"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family," Netflix said in a statement.
"The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate," Netflix added.
Local police were reportedly having difficulties finding the murderer as the case lacks witnesses.
The victim has worked 10 years as a location scout and contributed to movies such as James Bond's latest version Spectre, the action series Fast and Furious, and Sicario.
Munoz's death raised doubts about whether the production of the Narcos series, which are about the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, will continue in Mexico. The decision may affect hundreds of jobs in the South American country.