Rob Ford Dead At 46, Controversial Toronto Mayor Dies Of Cancer
Rob Ford, the controversial former mayor of Toronto who admitted smoking crack while in office, is dead, Gossip Cop confirms. Ford died at the age of 46 on Tuesday from a rare cancer called pleomorphic liposarcoma that was found in his abdomen in 2014.
The one-time mayor withdrew from a reelection race when it was announced he was suffering from cancer. At the time of its discovery, his doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where Ford ultimately passed away, said Ford’s cancer was “fairly aggressive” and “difficult.”
Ford made headlines when video emerged of him smoking crack while being mayor. In a 2013 interview with the “Today” show, the disgraced politician said, “I’m not perfect… I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.” He told the morning show that “I can barely remember” smoking crack, explaining that at the time he “was very, very inebriated.” Still, Ford denied he had alcohol or drug problems, noting only, “I have a weight issue.”
During a later appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the talk show host had Ford comment on a number of embarrassing videos that went viral, showing the mayor drunk and making a number of racist and homophobic remarks. But despite the embarrassing footage, while appearing on the show, Ford defended himself for being “responsible with the the taxpayers’ money for 14 years,” with a “proven track record of success.” At the end of the segment, Kimmel suggested very nicely to the profusely sweating Ford that there was no shame in seeking treatment for drug and drinking problems.
Following the fallout of Ford’s drinking and drugs issues, his political powers were revoked by City Hall, though he technically remained in office. Ford was surrounded by his wife Renata and their two kids Douglas and Stephanie when he passed away.