By Aidan Delaney
The former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford has died at the age of 46.
The controversial figure had been suffering with cancer after withdrawing from the 2014 race for the mayor’s office with an abdominal tumour.
Ford became involved in politics when he was voted in as a councillor for Toronto in 2000 and served three terms in office until he was sworn in as mayor in 2010.
Ford first hit international headlines when a video appeared online of him allegedly smoking crack cocaine. He later admitted to smoking the drug while in office and subsequently was sent to rehab for his addiction.
Known for his bullish approach to dealing with colleagues, he twice had key executive powers taken away from him and given to his deputy by the city council.
Following his withdrawal from office, he publicly endorsed his brother Doug Ford for the position but he lost out to John Tory.
Despite his poor public image, he was beloved by the people of the city who appreciated his hardworking nature and felt that he was one of them.
A statement from Ford’s office said that he “a beloved son, brother, husband and father. A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”