Rob Ford, often called the most famous and colorful mayor in the world, died this week at the age of 46. His family made the announcement on Tuesday.
The Ford family released a brief statement about his death, calling the former Toronto mayor 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 continued, according to The Political Insider.
After being diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, Ford underwent surgery in May of 2015 in an operation that was believed to be his last chance of survival. Though the surgery was originally hailed as a success, two new tumors were discovered months later. This forced Ford to repeat rounds of chemotherapy that kept him away from the council chamber and his city hall office.
A few weeks ago, Ford entered a clinical trial that aimed at finding a personalized treatment for his cancer. This process involves implanting a tumour in mice and testing different combinations of drugs, but it sadly takes four months to complete.
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Mayor Ford’s outspoken nature made him a popular figure all over the world, but his initial diagnosis left him no choice but to abandon his re-election hopes in September 2014, even as polls suggested he remained a contender. Though he also struggled with drugs and alcohol, he likely had a long career in politics ahead of him if his cancer had not taken hold.
Rest in peace, Mayor Ford, you will be missed!