Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, has died at the age of 46, after a struggle with cancer.
“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46,” his office said in a statement today.
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Ford came to international prominence, and became a tragicomic figure for his often-erratic antics, including an infamous video that surfaced of the then-mayor apparently smoking crack back in 2013.
“Ford, now councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North), was forced to drop out of his re-election bid for the mayor’s chair in 2014 after becoming ill,” the Toronto Star reported this week. “He was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, after a tumour was found in his abdomen and instead ran for his former council seat.”
“Last May, Ford underwent a 10-hour surgery to remove the abdominal tumour, and in October of last year, he said he was sure his cancer had returned after tumours were found on his bladder.”
Ford was 46.