A member of the production team for a popular TV drama series was shot and killed while scouting locations in Mexico. News broke over the weekend that Carlos Munoz Portal, locations manager for the Netflix series “Narcos,” was found dead Sept. 11 in a rural area known for gang violence.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Munoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his car with multiple gunshot wounds. He was last seen heading from the state of Hidalgo into the state of Mexico to take production photographs, according to local reports.
Hidalgo is known for being the Mexican state with the highest homicide rate.
“Police told local media that the car appeared to have been involved in some kind of chase, but they were uncertain whether the chase began in Hidalgo or Mexico state, and no witnesses have been located,” The Times reports. “Munoz , a Mexican native, had worked in location management for more than a decade. His first job was on the 2004 Denzel Washington thriller ‘Man on Fire,’ which the late Tony Scott shot in Mexico City.”
Munoz Portal’s credits also included “Spectre,” “Sicario,” “Fast & Furious,” “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Netflix released a statement in which it said: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”