david millsThe Treme staff writer and co-executive producer died of a brain aneurism yesterday. He was only 48. HBO just issued this statement: “HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills. He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent. David has left us too soon but his brilliant work will live on.”

A former newspaper feature writer, Mills wrote for some of TV’s finest dramas, including Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, ER and The Wire, and won two Emmys for his HBO miniseries The Corner. He also created and exec produced the NBC miniseries Kingpin. Mills recently told the New Orleans Times Picayune that his contribution to the writing of the series Treme was as an outsider attempting to help the local scribes interpret the show’s themes – Hurricane Katrina recovery as expressed through the city’s musical and culinary subcultures – for audiences beyond New Orleans. It is truly tragic he won’t be there for Treme’s debut April 11th.