Rob Ford, Toronto ex-mayor, dies aged 46

Mar 23, 2016, 3:08 AM EDT
Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died at the age of 46 after fighting cancer, his family has said.

The BBC reports:

Mr Ford, who battled drug and alcohol addiction, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014. He gained international notoriety after admitting smoking crack cocaine in 2013, but he was loved by supporters. "A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto," his family said in a statement. He could not run for re-election as mayor in 2014 due to his cancer diagnosis, but won a city council seat in a landslide result. His image contrasted sharply with Canada's usual calm, buttoned-up politics.