MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16:  Yuriy Sardarov attends the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival Opening Ceremony on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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What Happened To Otis On Chicago Fire?
Brian "Otis" Zvonecek (Yuriy Sardarov), a cast member of “Chicago Fire” from the first season, is a fan favorite known for bringing comic relief to the show. However, Otis hasn't appeared on the show since the Season 8 premiere.
Sadly, Otis died from burns sustained in the explosion that occurred in the Season 7 finale. He spoke his last words in Russian to his best friend Joe Cruz, which translated as "Brother, I will be with you always."
Executive producer Derek Haas explained this plot point, "For [the death] to be a real surprise, you need it to be a core cast member.” Otis' death is a good reminder for fans of the "Chicago" franchise: no matter how popular a character might be, nobody is safe.