Rob Ford Dead At 46
Rob Ford, the controversial former Mayor of Toronto who battled a crack addiction, has died.
Reps for the 46-year-old confirm that he lost a battle to a rare form of cancer Tuesday.
The Toronto Star reports:
Rob Ford, the Toronto city councillor who became the world’s most famous mayor during a wild, scandal-filled term, is dead at age 46.
The married father of two young children died after 18 months of treatment for a rare and aggressive cancer first diagnosed in the midst of his 2014 bid to be re-elected mayor. Ford would have turned 47 on May 28.
A brief statement from the Ford family announcing the death Tuesday described the former mayor as a “dedicated man of the people” who “spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”
“The family will not be making any statements to the media or taking any questions,” the statement said.
Politicians were quick to respond to the news. “I have known Rob Ford for many years.
He was a man who spoke his mind and who ran for office because of the deeply felt convictions that he had,” Mayor John Tory said in a release.
“His time in City Hall included moments of kindness, of generosity to his council colleagues and real efforts to do what he thought was best for Toronto.
So sad, condolences to Mayor Ford’s family.