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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dies At Age 46

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died. He was 46.

Ford gained international notoriety a couple of years ago after a video showed him smoking crack cocaine.

He served for a decade as a city councilor before being elected Toronto's mayor in 2010. He built his career in the image of an anti-politician who would cut the size of government and stand up to "big-city elites."

"Toronto's government has grown bloated and wasteful," he said in a campaign video. "It's time to stop the gravy train that provides luxuries and perks to politicians and rich contracts to their friends."

Ford famously refuted the validity of the video when it first made news.

"I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine," he said at a press conference.

It was a different story months later when he came clean and told reporters he "probably" smoked the drug.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he said. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors."

The notoriety even earned him an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'. After he was grilled, Ford complained he'd been "set up" by the comedian.

Less than two months before the mayoral election in 2014, Ford was diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma.

The rare type of cancer, which was found in Ford's abdomen, may have affected Ford but it didn't stop him. He still campaigned to reclaim his old council seat and handily won.

He underwent surgery in May 2015, to remove what was left of the tumour. Doctors found another tumour near his bladder weeks later. He underwent further treatments, but they were unsuccessful.

Ford leaves behind his wife, Renata, and their two children.

March 22, 2016 |

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