Carlos Munoz Portal, the location manager for hit Netflix series Narcos has been shot dead while scouting locations for season four in Mexico.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, a friend of Portal's said the 37-year-old was found in a vehicle hit with multiple gunshots in a rural area of Mexico, located close to the border with Hidalgo, which is known for drug-related violence.

In a statement, Netflix said: "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz 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."

Portal was a veteran location manager, having worked in the industry for a decade. He had worked on productions like Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, Tony Scott's Man on Fire and the latest James Bond film Spectre.

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The fourth season of Narcos is set to move out of Columbia where the previous three seasons have been set, to Mexico, centring in on the Juarez cartel.

It's unclear whether this news will force the production out of Mexico, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, drug related violence in the area has forced film and TV productions to relocate or cancel shoots in the past.