The bullet-riddled body of Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found in his vehicle in a rural area in the town of Temascalapa, in Mexico state, one of the country's most violent.
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Portal had worked on multiple productions for more than ten years. The newspaper added that there are fears that Netflix will shoot the series somewhere other than Mexico because of the violence.
Police have said they are having difficulty investigating the circumstances of the death, as there is a lack of witnesses due to the area's sparse population. A friend of his assures that on Monday he got into his auto and drove to the State of Mexico to take some photographs for production. This area reportedly has a homicide rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the outlet.
"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family", a spokesperson for Netflix said in a statement.
He had previously contributed to films such as Apocalypto, Fast & Furious, Sicario, and Spectre.