Controversial former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies at 46
23 March 2016, 15:28
Montreal - Rob Ford, the controversial former mayor of Toronto
who made international headlines with his admission he smoked crack
cocaine while in office, died in a Toronto hospital on Tuesday. He
"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," Ford's chief of
staff Dan Jacobs wrote in a statement.
"A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life
serving the citizens of Toronto," the statement said.
Ford was elected mayor in 2010 on a campaign promise to "stop the
gravy train" in the city.
But the boisterous, overweight and combative Ford was stripped by the
Toronto City Council of most of his powers in 2013 after reports of
his drug abuse and drinking binges.
He became known to millions around the world as the "crack-smoking
Canadian mayor" after admitting that he smoked crack cocaine "in
Ford was first diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma, a rare form of
abdominal cancer, in September 2014.
He was forced to withdraw from the mayoral race and underwent several
rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Still, he refused to give up on his political career.
Pale and visibly sick, he campaigned to be elected as a city
councillor in his fiefdom of Ward 2 Etobicoke North, a western suburb
of Toronto that was his powerbase, and handily won.
He underwent surgery in May 2015, to remove the tumour.
But barely six months later, Ford announced that doctors had found
another tumour near his bladder. He underwent further treatments, but
they were unsuccessful.
Ford leaves behind his wife, Renata, and their two young children,
Stephanie and Douglas. He is also survived by his brothers Doug and
Randy, sister Kathy and mother Diane.