(RNN) – Rob Ford, the embattled former Toronto mayor who struggled with substance abuse and public criticism, has died at age 46. Family members confirmed his death Tuesday morning.

It was announced in mid-March 2016 that Ford’s cancer was not responding to chemotherapy treatment. He was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014. He was forced to drop his bid for re-election of mayor of Toronto, a position he had held since 2010.

Ford, a member of the City Council, came into the international spotlight abruptly and unceremoniously in May 2013. Reporters from the Toronto Star and the website Gawker claimed to have seen footage of Ford smoking from a glass pipe.

He strongly denied allegations that he smoked crack cocaine and dealt with fallout from other videos showing him acting erratically.

In October of 2013, news reports also had Ford urinating near a school and disposing of liquor bottles.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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