The death of filming scout Carlos Munoz Portal last month sent shockwaves through Hollywood.
The location manager was found in his car with multiple gunshot wounds during a research visit to Mexico for the fourth season of the hit Netflix series ‘Narcos’.
The Circumstances of his killing remain unclear, but a close friend speculated that his camera might have spooked locals in Temascalapa, a rural town outside of Mexico City notorious for drug cartel violence.
It was A chilling reminder that the murders portrayed in the plotlines of Narcos aren’t fictional, but based on the real-life story of the world’s most famous drug dealer, Pablo Escobar.
The founding father of Colombia’s cocaine business, his Medellín cartel dominated the region with a ruthless hand.
Escobar’s Mob was responsible for countless killings during the 1980s and early 90s, from rival gang members to police and politicians.
The third season of Narcos, which came out in September, concentrates on the Cali cartel that took over once Escobar’s enemies caught up with him and he was murdered by police in 1993.
And as fans of the series will understand, they were equally ruthless.
In recent years, Colombia’s cocaine gangs were weakened considerably, and Mexico has become the centre of the cocaine trade and the violence that accompanies it.
In Mexico State in which Mr Portal was murdered, there were 182 murders in July this year alone.
In fact, 2017 is on track to be the deadliest year in Mexico’s history.
Between January and June, 12,155 homicide cases were opened.
So the King of Cocaine may be dead, but Pablo Escobar’s son is under no illusions that his legacy continues today.
“Nothing has changed except the names,” Sebastian Marroquin said.
“Now there’s even more drug-trafficking and corruption.
“As for what happened to the Netflix guy, I don’t know too much and I don’t trust what I read in the news.
“But unfortunately, Mexico is a very violent place.
“If I went to Africa to film lions, I wouldn’t be surprised if one killed me.”
Narcos has proved to be one of Netflix’ most successful shows and has been renewed for a fourth season.
However, Sebastian, who’s written a number of books on the ‘true story’ of Pablo Escobar, says the company should be “careful” with history.
“The drug dealers in Cali are watching Narcos and they don’t like it,” he said.
“They don’t like their names and their cities being used to tell things that aren’t true.
“By telling the story wrong, it can lead to conflicts in real life.
“Netflix should be more responsible.”
On the killing of Mr Portal, Netflix said in a statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected scout, and send our condolences to his family.
“The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Known as the ‘The King of Cocaine’, Escobar’s cartel was responsible for 80 per cent of the cocaine in the US market during the 1980s.
At his peak, Escobar was estimated to be making £320million a week smuggling drugs into the States.
As the kingpin’s son, Sebastian enjoyed obscene luxury during his childhood; from helicopters and sports cars to solid gold dinner plates and his own professional football team.
But when it all came crashing down, Escobar spent his final years on the run from police, living in safe houses and on one occasion almost starving to death because they were surrounded.
After Pablo died, Sebastian, his mother and sister fled to Argentina where they changed their names and attempted to start new lives.
He feels Narcos glamorises his father’s life and is encouraging young people to follow in his footsteps.
“I get dozens of emails every day from kids all over the world,” he said.
“They all want to be Pablo Escobar because they watched Narcos.
“It shouldn’t be (dangerous to make these shows).
“I think it’s more dangerous the way these TV shows glorify violence and paint drug-traffickers as heroes.”