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Narcos location scout found dead in Mexico


Carlos Muñoz Portal, a veteran location manager working on Netflix’s Narcos, was found dead in Mexico while scouting for season 4. He was 37.

“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” a statement from Netflix reads. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”

The news of Muñoz’s death was first reported by local area reporters and outlets before getting picked up by trade publications, like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

A friend of Muñoz told El Pais he was scouting in a rural area outside of Mexico City that’s reportedly prone to murders. His body was found in a compact car with several gun shot wounds hours after leaving for the site. According to a spokesperson for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico, there are currently no witnesses because of the depopulated area.

Muñoz has various high-profile credits to his name, including scouting for films like Sicario, Bond film Spectre, Fast & Furious, Resident Evil: Extinction, and Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

Narcos season 4 is said to delving into the origins of the Juarez cartel in Mexico, following season 3’s focus on Colombia’s Cali cartel. The series commonly filmed in Colombia, though there’s no word on whether scouting will continue in Mexico.

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