David Mills, a writer who wrote for such series as N.Y.P.D. Blue and The Wire, passed yesterday at the age of 48. The cause was believed to be an aneurysm.
David Mills was born in Washington D.C. His family later moved to Lanham, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, where he was part of the staff of independent student newspaper The Diamondback. There he met sometime collaborator and creator of The Wire David Simon. Following graduation, Mills worked as a features reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.
It was in 1993 that David Mills broke into television with an episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets. Mills later wrote several episodes of N.Y.P.D. Blue and served as a co-producer at one point. He was also a story editor from 1994 to 1995 on Picket Fences. He wrote four episodes of ER. In 1999 David Simon asked David Mills to co-write and co-produce a six part mini-series for HBO based on his book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood, simply titled The Corner.
It was in 2003 that Mills created and produced the miniseries Kingpin for NBC. He wrote episodes for David Simon's series The Wire. His final project was a series entitled Treme for HBO, set to debut later this month.