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Veteran "Wire" Screenwriter David Mills Dies

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By Rebecca Sheir

A veteran television writer who began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post has died. David Mills won accolades for his work on the Baltimore-based series, "The Wire."

Mills started his television-writing career with longtime friend and "Wire" creator David Simon in 1994. The pair wrote an episode of "Homicide" and won a Writers Guild of America award. In 2007, Mills won an Edgar for "The Wire."

Mills had been living in New Orleans while co-writing the new HBO series, "Treme." Cast member Wendell Pierce, who played Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire," says Mills collapsed on the "'Treme" set Tuesday. A spokesperson for HBO says Mills died Tuesday night.

No cause of death was released. An autopsy is pending.

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