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Toronto, March 25 (CINEWS): Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor who for all the wrong reasons received worldwide media attention was a bundle of contradictions. He was demonized for many things, but was and will always be loved by thousands who saw him as a fallable human being whose faults were played out in the public eye.
Ford died Tuesday after battling cancer since 2014. His death was confirmed by his chief of staff Dan Jacobs, who issued the following statement. His body will lie in state at Toronto City Hall on March 28 and 29. The funeral service will be held at St. James Cathedral on Wednesday, March 30 at 12 p.m.
Ford had everyman appeal despite having less-than-humble beginnings himself. He and his brothers worked for Deco Labels & Tags, the multimillion-dollar family business founded by his father, Doug Ford, Sr.
The senior Ford later served as an Ontario MPP, a posting that inspired Rob and his brother Doug’s entry into municipal politics.
Rob Ford was elected councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North, a suburb in Toronto’s west end, in 2000, and gained a reputation as a brash populist and cost-cutting crusader.
His promise to “stop the gravy train” at city hall became the central mantra of his 2010 mayoral campaign and ultimately lifted him to victory. Ford became mayor of Canada’s biggest city by taking 47 per cent of the vote and outpacing his closest competitor by 10 points.
In May 2013, after reports emerged of a cellphone video that showed Ford smoking crack cocaine.
A person claiming to have filmed the video showed it to reporters from the Toronto Star and U.S. gossip site Gawker and offered to sell it for “six figures.”
Following revelations he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, he was in and out of hospital. He was never the same again and although many prayed he’d pull through given he was always such a fighter, he didn’t make it.