RIP Rob Ford

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.


Picture source: West Annex News via Wikimedia Commons