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Remembering Writer David Mills

March 31, 2010

Mills's latest show Treme

Emmy-winning writer, producer and journalist David Mills died yesterday in New Orleans – two weeks before the debut of his latest project with his frequent collaborator and friend David Simon the eagerly anticipated Treme. Mills co-wrote – along with Simon – the the stunning season two finale of H:LOTS “Bop Gun”, which won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay of an Episodic Drama. Mills also wrote H:LOTS episodes “Cradle to Grave” (Season 3) and “Finnegan’s Wake” (season 5) in addition to writing for ER and NYPD BLUE.

As a journalist Mills is best known for the controversial 1989 interview with Public Enemy member Professor Griff who made a slew of offensive statements about Jewish folks, which led to his expulsion from the group (he later rejoined Public Enemy, but not before enduring a well deserved public flogging and making a public apology).

According to media reports, Mills collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm , but representatives from HBO declined to disclose the cause of death.

His work always inspired me and I’m saddened by the loss of a bright star in the Fontanaverse. I was looking forward to Fresh Air’s interview with David Simon and TREME, but it looks like that has been postponed:

We are changing our show today, following the news that Treme writer David Mills passed away last night: Details to come.

From the show’s twitter feed

11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2010 5:32 pm

    Yes, I know he did “The Wire” and “The Corner”.

  2. March 31, 2010 5:41 pm

    Brain aneurysms are scary. RIP.

  3. hsofia permalink
    March 31, 2010 6:01 pm

    RIP, David. I’ve been seeing mentions of this on my FB news feed, as well. I guess I have some hip friends.

  4. evmaroon permalink
    March 31, 2010 7:45 pm

    Really great writer, I really liked his work on the Wire especially. RIP, David.

  5. msjacks permalink
    March 31, 2010 7:58 pm

    This is such a loss. I was/am really excited about Treme and felt (feel) like David Mills is one of those rare guys who is gonna do right by NOLA. I wish he could still be here to see how we here at IFMIB freak out about how good it is.

  6. March 31, 2010 8:46 pm


  7. March 31, 2010 8:46 pm

    It was a real bummer.

  8. March 31, 2010 8:47 pm

    His writing was really spectacular.

  9. March 31, 2010 8:47 pm

    I’m hoping they do him and NOLA proud with Treme.

  10. mcm permalink
    April 1, 2010 4:52 pm

    He was also quite the blogger. His blog, Undercover Black Man, was a mix of music, comedy, current events, and more music.

    Check it out.

    I have been a fan of his blog for quite some time. I feel like I lost a friend. Damn the internet is a weird place.

  11. April 1, 2010 4:55 pm

    He was a real force in TV, particularly as a writer. I have always found his writing incredibly good. It’s been a hard week for the Fontanaverse.

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