Political life has lost one of its more colourful characters.
Rob Ford, the vastly overweight former mayor of Toronto, has died at the age of 46, from lipocarsoma, a form of cancer that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue. It’s a pretty rare form of cancer and difficult to diagnose until too late.
Highly outspoken, he aroused passionate loathing and tremendous support by – among other things – arguing against spending taxpayer’s money on a suicide prevention barrier on the notorious Bloor Viaduct and instead spending it on capturing child molestors who, he said, “are the main cause of people jumping off bridges.”
A long-standing substance abuser – he was arrested in 1999 for driving under the influence and marijuana possession – Ford regularly appeared drunk in public, abused people, and was secretly filmed smoking crack cocaine. He refused to resign as mayor and decided to run for re-election in 2014.
But cancer got in the way.
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