Former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford Has Died

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 11.15.03 AMAccording to Canada’s The Globe and Mail, former — and self-described “best” — mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has died.

He was renowned as a “cultural phenomenon” because of his openness about smoking crack, according to the paper. Here is what they said about his 18-month battle with cancer, which prevented him from another mayoral run two years ago:

Mr. Ford had been diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of soft-tissue cancer, in September of 2014, amid a heated re-election battle. The illness forced him to withdraw his candidacy for a second term to focus on cancer treatments.

He was elected to the Toronto City Council in 2014 in spite of his tumultuous past history with inappropriate behavior that included alleged sexual harassment and drug abuse. He was always a good source of entertainment and will forever be remembered for the following quote:

I’m a sick motherfucker, dude.

He was approachable, affable, self-aware, and funny in spite of his various health struggles.

Fellow Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly tweeted his condolences:

This is a breaking news post and will be updated as more details become available.

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