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Goodbye ‘Freddy’, the ‘CID’ man

by tbhad

ET, Mumbai

The world of television suffered a loss on Monday with the death of Dinesh Phadnis. The actor, who rose to fame for essaying the role of Fredricks a.k.a. Freddy in the popular crime series ‘CID’, passed away on Monday night in Mumbai after multi-organ failure.

The 57-year-old actor had been critical following liver damage and was admitted to Tunga hospital in Mumbai where he was placed on ventilator support. The cremation will take place later today.

The news of the actor’s demise was confirmed by his ‘CID’ co-star Dayanand Shetty. “Yes, it’s true he is no more. It happened around 12:08 am. I am at his residence right now. His last rites will be conducted today at the Daulat Nagar crematorium. Almost everyone from the CID is present right now,” the actor was quoted as saying to entertainment website ETimes.

Shetty also said that he was removed from the ventilator following complications arising due to multi-organ failure.

Apart from playing Inspector Fredericks in ‘CID’, one of the longest-running TV shows, he has also been credited with having written some of the episodes of the show as well. On the big screen, Phadnis appeared in small roles in John Matthew Mathan’s ‘Sarfarosh’ and ‘Super 30’.

An Indian police procedural television series, ‘CID’ originally aired on Sony Entertainment Television for two decades starting from 1998. Created by BP Singh, the show stars Shivaji Satam as ACP Pradyuman, Aditya Srivastava as Sr Inspector Abhijeet, Dayanand Shetty as Sr Inspector Daya, Dinesh Phadnis as Inspector Fredricks a.k.a. Freddy and Narendra Gupta as Forensic expert Dr Salunkhe respectively.
Set in Mumbai, the series aired for 20 years on Sony Entertainment Television and is one of the longest-running television series in India. The series first premiered on January 21, 1998, and aired its 500th episode on January 18, 2008, 1000th episode on September 13, 2013, 1500th episode on 25 February 2018 and the last episode on October 27, 2018.

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