David Mills, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for several TV shows including NYPD Blue, The Wire, Homicide: Life On The Streets, and the upcoming HBO series Treme, died Tuesday at the age of 48. The apparent cause of death was a brain aneurysm. Mills fell unconscious on the New Orleans set of Treme and died later the same night at the hospital. Mills also created the short-lived 2003 NBC crime drama Kingpin, and co-wrote and co-produced the min-series The Corner.
Before writing for TV, Mills was a writer for The Washington Post and The Washington Times in the early 90s where he interviewed a series of interesting pop culture icons including Public Enemy.
In addition to his TV credits, Mills maintained the pop-culture blog, Undercover Black Man, where he shared his love of music, TV, and the movies, as well as social commentary. His last post, dated Monday, was a brief shout out to Treme. Mills simply said, “‘Treme’ is less than two weeks away. And HBO has uploaded a 14-minute preview. You can check it out below. Also, TV critics are starting to weigh in. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik dug the first episode.”
There’s no word from HBO as to what effect this will have on Treme which is still in production but you can catch that first 14 minute preview Mills mentioned below.
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