Ford died this morning after battling cancer since 2014. His death was confirmed by his chief of staff Dan Jacobs, who issued 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.”
Former Mayor Of Toronto Rob Ford Lapses Into Coma
Following his recent health deterioration, Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, has been checked into palliative care. This means that the staff is making him as comfortable as possible as he nears death. Huffington Post reports that he has been sedated and that his family waits at his bedside. His Chief of Staff, Dan Jacobs, made the announcement today that City councilor Rob Ford is now unconscious.
Last week it was announced that his recent chemotherapy for a rare cancer, liposarcoma, was unsuccessful. Ford was conscious and alert just a few days ago when this announcement was made. Although a tumor was removed surgically last year, recent tests showed that the tumor had grown back.
Ford was diagnosed with liposarcoma in 2014. He was in the midst of a re-election campaign at the time, but he was forced to drop out. Although he withdrew his mayoral bid, Ford ran for a seat on the city council, winning by a landslide. Ford achieved notoriety for comments he made publicly in 2013 regarding his use and abuse of crack cocaine and alcohol, slurs against minorities, and lewd sexual remarks. Apparently the voters were swayed by his honest admissions regarding his problem behavior.