Dinesh Phadnis, Beloved Fredericks Of CID Fame, Passes Away At 57

The beloved actor, known for his iconic role in one of the longest-running Television shows CID, succumbs to liver damage, leaving a void in the hearts of fans. Read on.

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The iconic 90s and 2000s television show CID, Dinesh Phadnis, fondly remembered as Fredericks breathed his last on Monday night at the age of 57. The news of his demise has left a deep impact on those who cherished the long-running detective series, where Phadnis etched his place as one of the most beloved characters.


CID, a staple of Indian television for two decades, became a household name, and Dinesh Phadnis, through his portrayal of Fredericks, contributed significantly to the show's success. His impeccable comedic timing and banter with Shivaji Satam's ACP Pradyuman made Fredericks a favourite among viewers. 

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The actor's health struggles came to light on December 2 when he was admitted to Mumbai's Tunga Hospital. Initial reports suggested a heart attack, but his close friend and co-star, Dayanand Shetty, clarified that it was due to liver damage. Shetty stated, "Dinesh Phadnis is hospitalized, and he is on a ventilator, doctors are observing him. He has not suffered a heart attack, it is a different treatment."


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The sad news was confirmed by Dayanand Shetty, who portrayed Senior Inspector Daya in CID. Phadnis passed away at around midnight on December 4. The actor's last rites are scheduled to be held at Daulat Nagar Crematorium, Borivali East.

“Dinesh breathed his last at 12.08 am," he told Indian Express.


He further said, “Firstly, it wasn't a heart attack, it was liver damage, because of which he was immediately rushed to Tunga Hospital, Malad. For the last two days, he has been very critical. Today morning (Sunday) also I've learned that there's no major improvement. We're hoping he gets better soon."

Reflecting on Phadnis's health, Shetty shared, "Dinesh was getting treated for some other ailment but the medication affected his liver adversely. That's why it is always recommended to take medicines very carefully. You never know when the medicine that one is taking to treat something can cause another major ailment. One should be very careful regarding allopathic medicines."

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In addition to his on-screen presence, Dinesh Phadnis also contributed to CID behind the scenes, writing episodes for the show. His versatile talents extended to Bollywood, where he appeared in films like Sarfarosh, Mela, Officer, and the more recent Super 30. He also showcased his writing skills in Marathi cinema too.

CID, which aired from 1998 to 2018, holds a special place in the hearts of viewers. After the show concluded, Phadnis stayed connected with his fans through social media, maintaining an active online presence.

Remembering his journey to CID, Phadnis once said in an interview, "I remember I was struggling for roles, and wherever I went to seek work, I met B P Singh (producer of CID). Finally, he asked me if I wanted to join CID, and that's how my journey began. Later I also took up Aahat.”


"The show earlier had no humour at all. So I was chosen to be the comic relief. And I must say that I have received a great response from the masses." he told Telly Chakkar.

Dinesh Phadnis's contribution to the entertainment industry and the lasting impact he made on fans will be remembered fondly. As the industry mourns the loss of a talented actor, Dinesh Phadnis's legacy lives on in the hearts of those who cherished his work.







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