David Mills, “The Wire” Writer, Passes Away

David Mills, the man responsible for writing television hits like “The Wire” and “NYPD Blue,” has suffered an untimely death. Reports said the 48-year-old screenwriter and former journalist suffered a brain aneurysm on Tuesday.

A spokesman for HBO confirmed that Mills, who was working on a new series “Treme” for the network, died in New Orleans. Mills began his writing career as a reporter for various newspapers including the Washington Post. He moved to writing screenplays in 1993, when he collaborated with college friend David Simon for the “Bop Gun” episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Mills and Simon would later win a WGA Award for the episode.

Mills went on to write some episodes for the best television series of the era, including NYPD Blue, “E.R.,” and “The Corner,” for which he won two Emmys. Mills was co-producer and writer of the post-Katrina themed HBO series “Treme,” which starts airing on April 11, at the time of his death.