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Toronto mayor filmed smoking crack dies at 46 of cancer

By Staff Reporter

Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, has died of cancer aged 46.

Mr Ford's tenure as mayor was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use.

He was repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public.

Nevertheless, after losing office he was elected by a landslide to a council seat, a job he held until his death.

The international spotlight fell on Mr Ford in May 2013 when a newspaper and a website reported the existence of a video that appeared to show the mayor inhaling from a crack pipe.

But even after the scandal broke Mr Ford remained highly popular.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he later told reporters. "But, no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago."

As he sought a second term as mayor in 2014 Mr Ford was diagnosed with a rare cancer just two months before the election date. Malignant liposarcoma in his abdomen forced him to do what months of scandals could not - drop his bid for re-election. He underwent a series of aggressive chemotherapy, but to no avail.

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