Rob Ford, the long-time Toronto politician who became known for his personal troubles as much as his penny-pinching ways on city council, has died at the age of 46.
Ford passed away following a battle with a rare and aggressive form of soft tissue cancer known as pleomorphic liposarcoma.
There have been no announcements concerning a memorial, nor what will happen with his now vacant council seat in Ward 2.
The city councillor’s chief of staff released a statement late Thursday saying Ford’s family was by the politician’s side in hospital and was asking for privacy while thanking well-wishers for their support.
Jacobs sent out a statement today on behalf of the family announcing the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband and father.
Ford was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014, less than a year after he confessed to smoking crack while in one of his “drunken stupors.” The illness forced him to withdraw from his bid for re-election as mayor and he ran instead for a seat on city council, winning in a landslide despite his notoriety.
What is liposarcoma?
Liposarcoma is a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope. It accounts for up to 18% of all soft tissue sarcomas. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body, but more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity.
Liposarcoma tends to affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. When it does occur in children, it is usually during the teenage years.