Television writer and producer David Mills whose work included the brilliant HBO series The Wire and forthcoming drama Treme died suddenly yesterday as the result of a brain aneurysm at the age of 48.
Mills began his writing career working as a journalist for the Washington Post during which time he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, before moving into television – writing episodes of NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life On The Street and ER throughout the 1990s.
Mills wrote several episodes of The Wire – the television equivalent of crack laced with sugar, a show that was created by David Simon who had met Mills at university, eventually co-editing the student newspaper together.
Last year, Simon sought out Mills again to work on Treme a dramatic series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Mills joined the HBO production as a co-executive producer and writer, penning two of the coming season’s ten episodes and becoming involved in all facets of production.
The program is set to debut in the US on 11 April, but in the meantime you can have a look at a behind-the-scenes mini documentary that Hills posted on his blog on Monday.