In a statement released announcing his death on Tuesday, the family of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford described him as “a dedicated man of the people” who spent his life “serving the citizens of Toronto.”
Ford gained international notoriety after admitting smoking crack cocaine in 2013, but he remained popular and loved by his supporters.
Ford battled drug and alcohol addiction and was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014.
He could not run for re-election as mayor in 2014 due to his cancer diagnosis(his brother ran and lost), but won a city council seat in a landslide result.
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