Beloved ‘CID’ Actor Dinesh Phadnis, Fredericks, Passes Away: Remembering His Comic Legacy


Dinesh Phadnis, recognized for his role as Fredericks in the popular TV show CID, has sadly passed away due to liver issues. His co-star, Dayanand Shetty, confirmed the news, revealing details about Phadnis’ health struggles and the final moments before his passing.

Dinesh Phadnis’ Passing

Dinesh Phadnis, known for his portrayal of the comical CID officer Fredericks, breathed his last at Mumbai’s Tunga Hospital at 12.08 am on Tuesday due to complications related to liver damage. His sudden demise marks a loss for the entertainment industry, with fans mourning the loss of the beloved actor.

Health Struggles and Last Rites

Reports initially speculated a heart attack, but Shetty clarified that Phadnis had been battling liver damage, leading to his hospitalization at Tunga Hospital in Malad. Despite efforts, Phadnis’ condition worsened, with no signs of improvement. The actor’s last rites are scheduled to take place at Daulat Nagar Crematorium, Borivali East.

Insight into Dinesh Phadnis’ Journey

Sharing his journey to becoming a part of CID, Phadnis revealed in an interview how he encountered B P Singh, the show’s producer, during his search for roles. Singh offered him the role in CID, marking the beginning of Phadnis’ iconic portrayal of Fredericks. He later expanded his portfolio by also joining the cast of ‘Aahat.’

Role as Fredericks and Impact on CID

Phadnis’s character as the funny and innocent CID officer, Fredericks, added a comedic element to the show that was initially devoid of humor. He expressed gratitude for the overwhelming response from audiences, acknowledging the significant role he played in providing entertainment to the masses.

Medication Cautionary Tale

Shetty emphasized the importance of caution while taking medications, highlighting how Phadnis faced liver damage due to medication used for another ailment. He urged people to be vigilant and mindful of the potential side effects of allopathic medicines, underscoring the unforeseen complications they might trigger.


Dinesh Phadnis’ untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of CID fans. His portrayal of Fredericks will be remembered fondly, showcasing his talent and contribution to the success of the renowned TV series. As his last rites are conducted, tributes pour in, celebrating the life and legacy of a cherished actor.

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