The former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford has lost his battle with cancer and has died at the age of 46.
Despite his large number of controversies related to being drunk in public, sexist remarks, and drug use, many voters and international fans stood by him in what was known as “Ford Nation”.
Ford has been battling cancer since 2014, and his chief of staff Dan Jacobs shared the news this morning with the following statement.
“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46.
A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.
The family asks that you respect their privacy and join them in their grieving and their prayers.
The family will not be making any statements to the media or taking any questions. Information will follow at a later time regarding memorial services.
Over his decade and a half in municipal politics, Ford won a devoted following for being a straight talker who championed the average taxpayer.”