Television luminary Dinesh Phadnis, best known for his portrayal of Inspector Fredericks in the iconic police drama series CID and CID: Special Bureau, bid adieu on Tuesday at a Mumbai hospital. The 57-year-old actor, facing multiple organ failure, succumbed to the critical condition around midnight, with close companion and CID co-star Dayanand Shetty confirming the sorrowful news.
Initially reported to have suffered a heart attack, it was later clarified that Phadnis battled liver damage, a condition that led to his hospitalization on Friday. Despite the team’s efforts, including placing him on a ventilator, Phadnis’s health deteriorated rapidly. The last rites are slated for later today at the Daulat Nagar crematorium, with colleagues from CID gathering to pay their respects.
Phadnis’s journey in the television industry was marked by his standout role as Inspector Fredericks in CID and CID: Special Bureau, spanning from 1998 to 2018 and 2005 to 2006, respectively. Beyond CID, he left an indelible mark with appearances in notable productions such as Sarfarosh (1999) and Officer. In a television comeback, he donned the role of a cop in Dangal TV’s CIF (2019), reuniting with former CID co-stars.
His passing serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life, emphasizing the importance of cautious medication practices. Phadnis, respected for his contributions to Indian television, leaves behind a legacy of memorable performances, especially as the beloved Inspector Fredericks. The television industry mourns the loss of one of its stalwarts, recognizing Dinesh Phadnis’s significant impact on and off the screen.