David Mills, Journalist and Writer of Acclaimed TV Dramas, Dies at 48

david-mills03312010.jpgDavid Mills, newspaper reporter turned writer for acclaimed TV dramas, died Tuesday of a brain aneurysm. He was in New Orleans working on a new HBO series, “Treme,” which is currently in production. New Orleans Times-Picayune writer Dave Walker this morning confirmed his death, citing an HBO spokesman.

A longtime collaborator with “The Wire” creator David Simon, Mills wrote for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “The Wire” and other shows. He won two Emmies for his work on the HBO miniseries “The Corner,” another Simon collaboration. Before finding work in television, Mills wrote for The Washington Post and other publications.

“HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills,” the network said in a statement. “He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent. David has left us too soon but his brilliant work will live on.”