Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, receiving palliative care – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ford, 46, served as mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014 after a decade in the City Council.

He drew worldwide notoriety in May 2013 when cell phone video appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine. Despite at first denying the use of illicit drugs, he admitted to it six months later, after which the City Council stripped him of most of his mayoral powers.

Ford launched a re-election bid and then spent two months in rehab, after which he returned to campaigning. But he had to abandon his re-election bid in September 2014 after being diagnosed with a malignant liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that doctors said spread from the fatty tissue of his abdomen to other parts of his body.

Ford was instead elected councilor for the seat he previously held, Ward 2 — his birthplace of Etobicoke North.

Rob Ford was elected to the City Council after his cancer diagnosis in 2014.Rob Ford was elected to the City Council after his cancer diagnosis in 2014.

“Doctors have been clear since Councilor Ford’s diagnosis that he is dealing with an extremely serious illness,” the family statement read.

“We have not been given any indication of when he could possibly be discharged or a different treatment course be attempted, but they have also been clear that he still faces challenges.

“They are very concerned with the reappearance and progression of the disease, but everyone is hopeful that his body will be able to fight back enough that he can then undergo further treatment.”

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