World’s Most Famous Mayor Rob Ford Has Died
Rob Ford, one of the world’s most polarizing politicians, has lost his long time battle with cancer.
The Toronto Star reports the 46-year-old died after 18 months of treatment for a rare, aggressive form of cancer known as pleomorphic liposarcoma. His family released a statement Tuesday morning confirming the news and asking for privacy and calling Ford a “dedicated man of the people.”
“The family will not be making any statements to the media or taking any questions,” the statement said. Ford was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on March 18. His family began to say their goodbyes in a private vigil.
Ford gained international fame for his gaffes and drug scandals. After he was sworn in 2010 as the 64th mayor of Toronto, he was widely celebrated for cutting spending, but criticized for his constant rule-breaking tactics like using the city staff to coach football games and his casual attire in council meetings.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Ford was at the center of his biggest scandal when a photo showed him and two drug dealers outside of a Toronto crack house. Ford eventually confessed to his drug use in November 2013 in a news conference.
While he was stripped of his powers from councilmembers, he was the target of jokes from comedians like Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel, pushing him into Hollywood fame.
Ford sought treatment for his drug problem and bowed out of his campaign for re-election. With hopes of a 2018 mayoral comeback, he continued to receive prayers and praise from his supporters after announcing his cancer status in October 2014.
Ford is survived by wife, Renata, and children, Stephanie and Douglas.
Friends, politicians and fans have left their prayers and condolences with the family via social media.
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