Rob Ford, former mayor of Toronto, dies at 46

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TORONTO -Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto whose career as a politician ended amid allegations of drug abuse, died Tuesday after fighting cancer, his family says.

He was 46-years-old.

Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada’s reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics.

But his tenure as mayor of the country’s largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. He was repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public.

In 2014, officials announced that Ford had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which had spread from his abdomen.

The health ailment adds to the list of struggles facing Ford, whose fall from grace began in May 2013 with the release of a cell phone video that appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine. The Toronto city council largely stripped him of his mayoral powers months later over those and other allegations of bad behavior.

Ford didn’t back down, though, instead vowing “outright war” on the city council.

He eventually went to rehab,  saying he was “ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated” by some of his past actions.